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Planets on display in the July night sky


Andrew Fazekas, astronomer
July 7, 2012 — A celestial dance is taking place in the sky during the early morning hours.


There are beautiful things happening in the sky this month.

On July 7th, about half an hour before sunrise, there was a visible line up of Jupiter, Venus and the star Aldebaran in the eastern sky a half hour before sunrise.

Flash forward to July 9, again in the east, and you'll see Jupiter and Aldebaran even closer together.

This is an incredible sight considering that Venus is about 80 million kilometres away from earth and Aldebaran is a red giant star more than 65 light years away.

On July 15, a thin crescent moon will form a triangle with Jupiter and Venus, creating a spectacular sight in the early morning sky.

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