Astronomy

Venus and Jupiter This Morning, August 12, 2012

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Morning Stars Venus and Jupiter are joined by the moon in this 30-second exposure made at 3:45 a.m. CDT from the Chicago area. Notice how the moon has moved eastward compared to yesterday. It is between Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, and Zeta Tauri, one of the bull’s horns. Jupiter and Venus are visible in the eastern sky well into morning twilight during the predawn hours. Jupiter is near Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster. The Pleaides 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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