2020, May 8: The Near Conjunction of Venus and Elnath

Venus and Elnath, May 8, 2020
2020, May 8: Venus is 1.9° below Elnath.

Two evenings before its near conjunction with Elnath (β Tauri) – the Northern Horn of Taurus – Venus is 1.9° below the star. After the closest approach, watch Venus make a left turn and separate from Elnath. At the same time, Venus is noticeably lower each evening. For more details see this article.

On May 19, look for Mercury, below Venus. The moon joins the scene on May 23.

Zeta Tauri, the Bull’s Southern Horn, is among the tree branches in the image.

Capella is the bright star to the upper right of Venus.

Read this article for more about Venus as an Evening Star.

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