Stargazing: Stunning morning conjunction

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Tuesday morning, early risers will have the opportunity to witness a striking conjunction between our blazing “morning star” Venus and the waning crescent moon.

During the past few weeks, the moon has waxed from a very thin crescent, visible in the western sky during evening twilight on June 1, to a full “Strawberry Moon” on June 13. The moon has now waned to a left-sided crescent and will pass Venus in the morning sky Tuesday before it is lost in the sun’s glare. Then the old moon becomes a new moon on Thursday, starting a new lunar cycle.

Look for dazzling bright Venus and the wafer-thin waning crescent moon Tuesday morning about one hour before sunrise. The stunning duo will sit about 10 degrees above the eastern horizon. The width of your clenched fist measures about 10 degrees. The thin waning crescent will be located about 2 degrees to the right of Venus. By Wednesday morning, the crescent will sit about 4 degrees to the left of Aldebaran.

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