Under a clear, moonlit sky, Morning Stars Venus and Jupiter gleam brightly in the August morning sky. This 30-second image, made at 4:05 a.m. CDT from the Chicago area, shows the planets with the bright background stars. Venus is near Zeta Tauri, a star that marks a horn of Taurus. Jupiter is near Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus. Two star clusters are nearby. The Hyades are near Aldebaran. The Pleiades shine above Jupiter.
Watch the planetary pair in the morning sky throughout this month. Read more about Venus as a Morning Star. For our monthly sky watching posting, click here. (Click the image to see it larger.)