Venus, Saturn, Spica and The Moon This Morning, January 4, 2013


Venus, Saturn, Spica, and the moon line up in the predawn skies this morning as seen in this composite image made at 6:45 a.m. CST from the Chicago area. (Click the image to see it larger.) Brilliant Venus shines from near the southeast horizon.  Because Venus is rising later, it is a challenge to photograph it along with Saturn before the sky brightens.

Saturn is farther south, about 35 degrees to the upper right of Venus with Spica 16 degrees beyond Saturn.  The moon appears near Spica and Saturn during the next few mornings.  Details are in our monthly skywatch.

Read more about Venus as a Morning Star.

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