In late Monday evening, December 16, 2019 look at your eastern sky to see the Moon. The bright star appearing to the lower right of the waning gibbous Moon will be Regulus. Regulus is the brightest object in the constellation of Leo and one of the brightest stars in the night sky. Regulus appears singular, but is actually a quadruple star system. It is lying approximately 79 light years from the Sun. Mars and Bright Stars Before Sunrise If you wake up early over the next several mornings, look at your southeastern sky to see the planet Mars. See also the bright stars, Arcturus and Spica sitting high above Mars. Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes and the fourth-brightest star in the night sky. Arcturus is a red giant star located at a adistance of 36.7 light-years from the Sun. Spica is a blue subgiant star located at a distance of 262 light years from Earth. Spica is the brightest star in the southern constellation Virgo and the 16th brightest star in the sky. You don't need any special equipment to see the spectacles but just your eyes. Clear Skies Everyone!