Venus and Jupiter This Morning, August 24, 2012

Morning Stars Venus and Jupiter shine through a broken sky this morning at 4 a.m. CDT in this 30-second exposure made from the Chicago area. Planet Venus is rapidly moving eastward compared to the background stars. Betelgeuse and Rigel, the bright stars of Orion, are visible to the right of Venus along the horizon.

Slower moving planet Jupiter is near Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus.

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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