An Alignment to Catch

If you feel like getting up early this coming Sunday you will not be disappointed by the sights in the predawn sky. Towards four in the morning of July 15, you can catch a conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the waning crescent Moon if you look to the north-east. Adding to the beauty will be the proximity of the Pleiades.

If you are more adventurous, you can go out on the evenings of the 14th, 15th and 16th an hour before sunrise and watch the position of the crescent Moon change over the course of the three nights. The Moon will start West of Jupiter on the 14th, settle in between the two planets on the 15th and end to the east of Venus on the 16th.

This event promises to be a wonderful sight for naked eye and telescope observers alike. Even photographers can take advantage of the view with the right equipment.

For a look of what you can see over the course of the three nights, take a look at this diagram from Sky and Telescope.