Venus and Jupiter This Morning, August 6, 2012


Morning Stars Venus and Jupiter shine from a beautifully clear eastern sky with a waning gibbous moon as seen in this 30-second exposure made at 4:05 a.m. CDT as seen from the Chicago area. From the eastern sky brilliant planet Venus is well past the star Zeta Tauri, the star that marks one of the horns of Taurus. Planet Jupiter is near Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus. Two star clusters, the Hyades and the Pleiades, shine nearby.

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.)

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