January 30th, 2017, 6:20 a.m. local time
The morning’s predawn sky was shockingly clear, not a cloud in the sky. Most stars were gone. But high and bright in the Southwest was mighty Jupiter. Very near, below and to the South, was Spica. I have not seen Spica (or at least identified it) since the Autumn.
I went inside to grab my binoculars to view Jupiter. After a focus adjustment, it came in large and bright. And I was able to see one of its moons on my left/towards the East. If I had more time I would have tried to spot the other moons.
Observation: the early morning sky is the least effected by light pollution. This is because most of my neighbors’ lights are off by 2-3 a.m. each night. The worst offenders are the unshielded street lights. The more I think about it, the more I believe the main sources of stray photons are streetlights and commercials floodlights. If only they were all off, what a difference it would make!