If you're awake at 5 am, go outside and face east. About halfway up the sky, the red planet Mars and the blue star Regulus are side by side,...Look carefully to the left of red Mars. The "duo" is actually a trio: Comet ISON is there, too. "Comet ISON, Mars and Regulus are quite a photogenic threesome!" says Marshall.
A hole in the sun's atmosphere--a "coronal hole"--has opened up and it is spewing solar wind into space. Coronal holes are places where the sun's magnetic field spreads apart and allows solar wind to escape. A windy stream of plasma flowing from this particular hole should reach Earth on June 2-3.
In little more than a month, Comet PanSTARRS will cross the orbit of Mercury and probably brighten to naked-eye visibility as it absorbs the heat of the nearby sun. Sky watchers around the world will be looking for it in the sunset skies of early March, when it passes closest to the sun and to Earth.
Orion Over the Temple of the Serpent God
Interesting note. Could be man-made auroras below the height mentioned? > Although the meteor appears to be flying mostly-above the auroras, it is more likely below. Geminid meteors burn up approximately 80 km above Earth's surface, while auroras stretch from 100 km to 500 km high.