Venus and Jupiter This Morning, August 11, 2012

Under a clear sky Morning Stars Venus and Jupiter are joined by the moon in this 30-second exposure made at 4 a.m. CDT from the Chicago area. The planets dominate the early morning predawn sky. They are visible in the east well into morning twilight.

Venus, moving farther to the east each morning, is well past Zeta Tauri, a star that marks one of the horns of Taurus. Jupiter and the moon are near Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, and the Hyades star cluster. The Pleiades star cluster is higher in the sky.

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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