Venus is the bright “star” in the predawn sky. Its brilliance can be seen in a clear sky well into morning twilight. Bright Jupiter is now evident low in the east, although Venus is nearly 20 times brighter than Jupiter and the planets are 20 degrees apart. On October 25, Jupiter and Venus appear close together, although not an Epoch Conjunction as in June. Fainter Mars is between to two bright planets (Venus is nearly 450 times brighter than Mars). 11 degrees to the lower left of Venus. Mars passes the distant star Regulus on the morning of September 25, less than the apparent distance of two moon diameters (48′).
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