2018: Morning Star Venus and Moon During Early December Mornings


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:

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