Brilliant morning star Venus passes about one-half degree (the apparent diameter of the moon) from Regulus this morning. The reflected sunlight from Venus provides a clear contrast of color with Regulus. Regulus is about 80 light years away and its color indicates that its surface temperature is about 20,000 degrees F.
Venus outshines Regulus by about 100 times this morning.
Venus and Regulus are in conjunction again on July 9, 2018 when they appear in the western evening sky. The separation is about 1 degree nearly twice the distance of this morning’s conjunction.
For more information about sky watching events:
- 2017, October 5: Venus-Mars Conjunction
- 2017, November 13: Venus-Jupiter Epoch Conjunction
- 2017 Evening Planets
- 2017 Morning Planets
- Venus as a Morning Star, 2017
- Chart and Image Collection
- Jupiter’s Year with Spica: A Triple Conjunction
- 2018: Mars Perihelic Opposition
- 2017-2019: Mars Observing Year with a Perihelic Opposition, July 27, 2018