Venus and Jupiter Reunite in the Morning in the Glow of the Crescent Moon

ICTMN Staff
7/7/12

Venus and Jupiter have moved their celestial trysts to mornings, Venus having transited the sun on June 5–6. It is now the Morning Star.

Since mid-June, the two have been cavorting before dawn daily. But they are now moving farther from the sun, which means on the one hand you’ll have to rise even earlier to see them, but on the other hand keeps the sky dark enough for them to shine brightly.

It’s sort of the mirror image of the sky show they put on earlier this year.

On July 4 Venus and Jupiter did their usual thing, after which Venus insinuated itself into a star cluster, much like the Love Planet’s assignation with the Pleiades in April.

But it gets even cooler than that.

On July 9th, Venus will slip away from Jupiter and find Aldebaran, the red eye of Taurus the Bull. The two will converge to form an eye catching planet-star pair. But Jupiter won't be far.

"Scarcely more than a degree of arc will separate the two celestial bodies as Jupiter looks down from overhead," NASA said in its sky-watching alert.

It still isn't over, however. On July 15th the slimmest, most delicate-looking crescent moon, a mere 12 percent of its full brilliance, will join in to reunite with Venus and Jupiter in a shimmering triangle. Moreover the rest of the moon will still be visible, but bathed in the faint glow of Earthshine.

Below is more on the July sky from NASA.

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