Venus, Jupiter, M-44, Aldebaran, and the Moon — Oh My!

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   Monday morning, August 18th, there will be almost too much to see what with the waning crescent Moon within 2o from the reddish star Aldebaran in the the open star cluster the Hyades in Taurus the Bull. Lower toward the horizon are the two brightest planets in our skies, Venus and Jupiter both within less than 0.5o from each other. Adding to this conjunction is the open star cluster, M-44, the Beehive Cluster, in Cancer the Crab.

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Click on picture to see it full-size.

Click on picture to see it full-size.

   Update: The skies were more or less clear this morning – some haze and a little fog started settling in bringing an end to my picture taking as the lens fogged up. Plus the usual early morning traffic noise on 50 Highway.
However…
   
   
   
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Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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