2018, July 9: Venus Passes Regulus

Brilliant Venus passes about 1 degree from Regulus this evening.  Watch as it now pulls away from this star and heads toward Spica.  That conjunction is at the end of August.

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Look for 5 planets during the month.  From mid-northern latitudes, they are not visible simultaneously.  Look for Mercury about 30 minutes after sunset with binoculars, then wait for Mars to cross the southeastern horizon.  Four bright planets then span the sky from Mars to Venus.  Mars reaches its opposition later in the month.  The planet is closer than it’s been since 2003.