30 September 2012

The Morning Star and a Real Star

Venus and Regulus align
As the days grow shorter in Autumn and the Sun rises later and later, the early riser is rewarded with a clear view of the Morning Star in the east. Of course, it's not a star, but the very bright planet Venus. Each passing day, Venus moves gradually in comparison to the backdrop of stars and this week Venus aligns itself with the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo the Lion. The two should make a fine pair, in particular on the morning of October 3rd when the pair will be a tiny distance apart, less than half the width of the Moon. If you are up before 6:30 am, face east and you'll have a fine view of this alignment.

Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope Magazine.

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