Moon and planets at dawn

posted: 1984 days ago, on Monday, 2012 Aug 13 at 07:08
tags: astronomy, Southern Sky Highlights 2012, Moon, Jupiter, Venus.

The crescent Moon joins Venus and Jupiter to make a lovely tableau in the morning sky, joined by the stars of Taurus the Bull and Orion the Hunter.

The Moon and Venus are near each other this morning, being some 6.5 apart. As the Sun rises, brightening the background sky, the stars will disappear from view, but Venus is bright enough to remain visible to the naked eye in broad daylight.

Because the Moon is nearby (5 apart at 12:00 today), it will be easy to spot Venus today (and tomorrow), using the Moon as a visual anchor. Easy-to-use finder charts will help you spot the bright planet.

(update: photo of the pair at 12:00 today)

Orion and Taurus the Bull (with the V-shaped Hyades star cluster, and the Pleiades or Seven Sisters near the left edge) shine beautifully in the morning sky at the moment. Below the Hyades lies Jupiter. Venus is at the bottom-right, with the over-exposed Moon between them.

Find out more: Southern Sky Highlights for 2012

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