Watch for Venus and Aldebaran

You can’t miss the star right next to brilliant planet Venus, in the east before dawn now. It’s Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull in the constellation Taurus.

View larger. | Venus and Aldebaran – July 16, 2017 – from Posne NightSky.

Dennis Chabot of Posne NightSky – an EarthSky Facebook friend – wrote on Sunday morning:

Finally, a nice clear morning sky so I just wish I would have woken up about an hour earlier. But I did capture Venus in Taurus right next to the star Aldebaran.

I saw them, too, Dennis, and had to get out the binoculars … not because there was anything special to see, but just because binoculars can enhance a view of close sky objects, like these two. They’ll be near each other for a few days. Watch for them in the east before sunup!

Thanks, Dennis!

Bottom: Photo of Venus and star Aldebaran before dawn, July, 2017.

Deborah Byrd