Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines in the southeastern sky in early December. Look for a photogenic grouping of Venus, Spica, and the Moon early in the month: Here’s what to look for:
- December 2: One hour before sunrise, the waning crescent moon is 13° above Spica. The Venus-Spica gap is 6.8°. Mercury, is 7° up in the southeast, 30 minutes before sunrise.
- December 3: One hour before sunrise, there is a spectacular grouping of the waning crescent moon Venus, and Spica. They make a triangle, with the moon at the upper left corner. The moon is 5° above Venus and 7° to the left of Spica. Venus is 7.4° to the lower left of the star.
- December 4: One hour before sunrise the waning crescent moon (26.8d, 8%) is 9° to the lower left of Venus. The Venus-Spica gap is nearly 8°. The trio (Venus, Moon, and Spica) is nearly in a line.
Our feature article about the morning appearance of Venus: