Venus and Jupiter This Morning, September 16, 2012

Morning Stars Venus and Jupiter shine in the predawn sky this morning from the Chicago area. In the image above the brilliant planet Venus shines from among the faint stars of Cancer in the eastern sky. Castor and Pollux (Gemini) appear above Venus and Procyon (Canis Minor) appears to the planet’s upper right.

Bright planet Jupiter appears higher in the southern sky, over 50 degrees from Venus, among the stars of Taurus. Aldebaran appears nearby. The Pleiades star cluster is higher in the sky. The horns of Taurus are represented by Elnath and Zeta Tauri. The bright star Capella (Auriga) is nearby.

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.)

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