Just before the sun rises, starting around 5:45 - 5:55 am EST, Mars rises in the East with the star Antares. Above and between them sits the crescent moon.
Antares and Mars have similar appearances in the sky. Astronomers actually named Antares as the "not mars" star when it was identified, for they were often confused for each other in the night sky, for their similar reddish orange hue.
While seemingly similar in hue, they are VERY different celestial bodies, and that becomes apparent when they are placed side by side like this.
Mars is a terrestrial rocky planet. Antares is a supergiant massive star.
One is receptive and reflective, one is a producer of Light, Heat and Plasma.
Both have indicators of FIRE, COURAGE, FIERCE WARRIOR determination in their mythologies. Mars & Antares were in exact conjunction on Dec 27 - read more here...
All this fire power is tempered on this last morning of the year by the sliver of moon between them.
May all cool calm heads prevail. May the fire determination and warrior spirits embodied by Mars & Antares lead you to new discovery, new explorations, new avenues of adventure.
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