If you’re an early riser, you might know that the old moon has been back in the east before dawn this week. It passes the star Aldebaran on the morning of July 22, 2014 and, by July 23, can be found poised sandwiched between Aldebaran – brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull – and the brightest planet Venus.
Notice that the lighted part of the moon points toward Venus. If you extend that line from the moon past Venus, you might spot Mercury. It may be visible to the eye alone about 75 to 60 minutes before sunrise. But if you have binoculars, they’ll help out immensely in your quest for Mercury!
On the morning of July 24, the moon will be near Venus – very beautiful!
Then on July 25, the moon will be right next to Mercury.
Bottom line: If you’re an early riser, you might know that the old moon has been back in the east before dawn this week, passing stars and planets. Keep watching!