During September a congregation of bright stars shines from the southeastern sky during predawn hours. Sirius, the Dog Star, is the brightest star among these. It is the brightest star in the night sky, although Venus, Jupiter and Mars shine brighter than Sirius. Procyon appears to the upper left of Sirius and the bright stars of Orion (Betelgeuse and Rigel) shine above Sirius.
Currently there are no bright planets in the morning sky. Mercury (see article) and Jupiter (see article) appear in the morning sky during the next several days. Venus, Mars and Saturn are currently in the evening sky.
Nearly a year ago, Venus appeared in the morning sky. It was close enough to Sirius that both fit into a camera frame. That bright star in the morning sky in the southeast is Sirius.
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See our article about Venus’ evening appearance.
See our article outlining the planets in the evening sky in 2016.