Morning Stars Venus and Jupiter shine through an overcast sky this morning in this 30-second image made at 4:30 a.m. CDT from the Chicago area.
This morning the waning crescent moon (0verexposed in the image) stands about 4 degrees to the right of the brilliant planet. The star Procyon (Canis Minor) is farther to the right along the horizon. Tomorrow Venus passes the faint Beehive star cluster as it continues its rapid eastward movement.
Castor and Pollux (Gemini) appear above Venus.
Bright planet Jupiter stands 50 degrees to the upper right of Venus near Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, although it is outside the frame.
Betelgeuse (Orion) also appears in the image.
For our monthly sky watching posting, click here. Watch the planetary pair in the morning sky throughout the next several months. Read more about Venus as a Morning Star. (Click the image to see it larger.)