Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Early morning Jupiter, Venus and Pleiades with Aldebaran and other stars of Taurus

Yesterday I was alerted to an early morning alignment of planets and stars by Greg Lowe at the Perth Observatory. I took a quick look at the star chart software last night and thought "not bad!".

So, this morning I set the alarm 10 minutes earlier and popped outside in one degree temperatures to grab some snaps from my driveway. This is one:

Jupiter and Venus with Pleiades, Aldebaran and other stars of Taurus

Quite a nice arrangement!

If you have the opportunity to rise before sunrise take a look East where you will see this arrangement. Venus is the brightest point of light visible, Jupiter second (left of Venus) and Aldebaran is to the right of Venus. Aldebaran is a bright star in the constellation of Taurus. You can see in the above photograph a nice collection of stars around Aldebaran also belonging to Taurus. The cluster of stars to the left of Jupiter is Pleaides, also known as The Seven Sisters among other names.

Also, not in the above photograph but Orion is nicely visible to the right of these - outside the frame of this photograph but I have it in others. In the southern hemisphere we often call Orion the "saucepan" because of it's appearance upside down, and low on the horizon like it is at the moment that's certainly what it looks like to me. I'll aim to get a pic up in the next few days of that.

Perhaps tomorrow morning, weather permitting, I will have an opportunity to photograph them from a more scenic location, let's wait and see...


  1. I think it's great how Venus is smack bang in the middle of Taurus head. Awesome shot Roger

  2. If you live in Perth Western Australia and have a copy of the Weekend West newspaper from 7th July 2012 you will find my photograph (above) shown on the weather page. It is exciting to have a picture included in the newspaper again!