Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Catch two planets and two star clusters in the early morning

Early morning risers view a celestial treat over the next week. Since early July Venus and Jupiter have been drifting near the Hyades and Pleiades star clusters. As July advances, they slowly move to the east of these clusters, but over the next few days, Venus, Jupiter and the Pleiades remain in near alignment, creating a very pretty scene at 4:45 a.m.

Venus is the brightest object and Jupiter is the next. Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, lies to Venus' upper right and it is in the Hyades cluster. (The Hyades resembles a "V" on its side.) The Pleiades is above Jupiter about the same distance Jupiter is above Venus.

Such is our view from Earth...

1 comment:

Nikhaar Shah said...

Some really beautiful view that is :)