|Venus plus Jupiter with four of its moons before dawn August 18|
|Venus - Jupiter Aug 18|
Spectacular Venus-Jupiter Conjunction Graces the Dawn http://t.co/B8EGvM8gOl @universetoday #astronomy #space #news pic.twitter.com/YsAqbwFfKhAs the week progresses Venus and Saturn remain close all this week, with the crescent moon arriving in their vicinity on the mornings of August 22, 23 and 24. Their closest encounter will be on Saturday the 23rd, with the two planets and the moon forming a triangle before dawn, 7 degrees on each side.
— Jeff Sullivan Photo (@JeffSullPhoto) August 18, 2014
Bonus for my Twitter followers: Venus Jupiter conjunction with moon before dawn this Saturday August 23, around 5 am pic.twitter.com/pnEowjmz6e
— Jeff Sullivan Photo (@JeffSullPhoto) August 20, 2014
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The rest of the story:
As I shot Venus and Jupiter this morning there were large, fresh bear prints on the ground, and half of an apple that the bear carried 1/2 mile but couldn't finish. The bears start arriving late at night this time of year, but as they compete for fruit in neighborhood fruit trees, they start to come earlier and earlier.
This large bear climbed up a neighbor's tree last year when we arrived to take his picture. He growled at me at first, but stopped when that tactic didn't result in our departure. On this night, our neighbor had called us at 8 pm to tell us that there was a huge bear which "looks like a bison", his back scraping the branches of the apple trees. He definitely was well fed, and is probably back for more feasting this year.