Stargazing: Taurus returns to the morning sky

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I hate to be the first one to tell you that Taurus, a winter constellation, has returned to the morning sky. Don’t act surprised. You probably have noticed that the days are beginning to get a little shorter and the nights a little longer. The sun reached the end of its upward climb last month, and sunsets have been moving south along the horizon. The sun will continue on this southbound journey until the winter solstice.

As our planet revolves around the sun, the sun appears to move against the background of different constellations in space. The imaginary path that marks the sun’s yearly journey through space is called the ecliptic. The ecliptic, or path of the sun, passes through the 12 constellations of the zodiac. In late May and early June the sun was in the constellation of Taurus. The sun has now moved into Cancer, allowing Taurus to escape the obliterating light of our star and return for viewing in the morning sky.


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