Did you notice a bright “star” near the moon before dawn broke on the morning of Sunday, June 17, 2012? That was no star. That was the planet Jupiter. Another planet, Venus, was up there, too, but – unless you were pretty far south on Earth’s globe – you probably didn’t see Venus without binoculars. Try again tomorrow. The three photos below came from EarthSky friends on Facebook. We thank you all!
Bottom line: Three beautiful photos of the moon and Jupiter in the east before dawn on June 17, 2012. By Monday morning – June 18 – the moon will be so far below Jupiter that it might be buried in the twilight haze, in the east before dawn. If you have binoculars handy on Monday morning, use them to scan along the horizon for the very slim crescent moon. Bonus! Venus will be there, too! Here’s more: Moon, Venus below Jupiter before sunrise June 18
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.