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July 2009: Venus and Mars pair up in the east among the conspicuous stars of Taurus the Bull. A waning crescent Moon joins the action around midmonth.
July 2009 Venus finder chart
Venus highlights Taurus this month, putting a bright spotlight on the Bull during the predawn hours. Venus shines 100 times brighter than ­Taurus’ luminary, 1st-magnitude Aldebaran.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
There's an old cliché that says the early bird catches the worm. Well this month, the phrase holds true for skywatchers. Some of the best planetary sights occupy the predawn sky. Venus and Mars pair up in the east among the conspicuous stars of Taurus the Bull. A waning crescent Moon joins the action around midmonth.

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