Beyond the Weather: Weekend views

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - It has been a while since we have had a nice clear overnight sky. For those of you who enjoy looking beyond the weather, there is hope for periods of nighttime clearing. Here are a look at some views in the coming weekend.

The moon is will be hard to spot, but makes a fun target. A very young moon appearing as a thin crescent will be in the sky the next several nights. Look to the southwest after sunset. The moon will also be passing past the planet Saturn this weekend.

T the constellation Taurus, the Bull, can be found in the southern sky around midnight. After your eyes have adjusted to the darkness, you may be able to see the Taurid meteor shower. You should be able to see about five meteors per hour.

The planet Mars is the best evening planetary target this weekend. Look to the southern sky at nightfall to find Mars.

Happy stargazing!