2020-2021: Brilliant Planet Venus as a Morning Star

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This appearance of Venus is finished.

Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines brightly in the morning sky during 2020 and early 2021.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

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Venus makes a grand entrance into the morning sky after its inferior conjunction on June 3, 2020, at 12:44 p.m. CDT. It races into the morning sky and a week after conjunction it rises at Civil Twilight, 32 minutes before sunrise. After mid-June, Venus gleams from low in the east-northeast sky during mid-twilight. By early July, Venus is at its greatest brightness, rises before the beginning of twilight, and appears higher in the sky as sunrise approaches.

During July, Venus moves through the Hyades, with an Aldebaran conjunction on July 12. Watch the planet move through the star cluster with a binocular, during several mornings leading up to the Venus – Aldebaran conjunction.

On July 19, the lunar crescent and five planets are simultaneously spread across the sky with Jupiter low in the western sky and Mercury low in the eastern sky. Venus, Mars, and Saturn are scattered between them.

During August, Venus leaves Taurus, passes through the club and arm area of Orion and into Gemini. On August 15, see the moon join Venus.

Other highlights of the Venus apparition include a grouping with the Beehive cluster in mid-September that includes the crescent moon on September 14; two mornings in October when Venus is about 0.5° from Regulus; a widely spaced Venus – Spica conjunction during mid-November; and an extremely close conjunction with Beta Scorpii in December. Mercury makes an appearance during November, but the gaps with Venus are very wide. At the end of the apparition, Venus passes Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter. Although they are near the sun, attempt to view the Venus – Jupiter Epoch (close) Conjunction during the day.

Venus reaches its superior conjunction on March 26, 2021, then slowly moves into the evening sky.

Recent Venus Articles

2021, April 19: First Evening Appearance of Venus

April 19, 2021:  The first evening appearance of Venus for this apparition occurs this evening.  Look for it low in the west-northwest about 20 minutes after sunset.

2021, April 19: Moon, Twins, Mars, Evening Watch

April 19, 2021: Venus begins to appear in the west after sunset.  The moon lines up with Pollux and Castor, while Mars is above Bull’s horns in the western evening sky.

2021, April 18: Crescent Moon, Mars, Evening Sky

April 18, 2021:  The crescent moon is high in the west after sunset among the stars of Gemini, below Pollux and Castor.  Mars is above the Bull’s horns.  Daylight is 13 hours, 30 minutes long.

2021, April 18: Jupiter, Saturn, Morning Planets

April 18, 2021: The bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn, are in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  Capricornus is the starry background for this giant planet duo.  Daylight is 13 hours, 30 minutes long.

2021, April 17: Morning, Jupiter, Saturn, Distant Star

Advertisements April 17, 2021: The bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn, are in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  Bright Jupiter is passing a dim star.  Through a spotting scope or telescope the distant star seems to intermingle with Jupiter’s largest satellites. by Jeffrey L. Hunt Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 6:07 a.m. CDT; Sunset, 7:34 p.m. CDT…. Read More ›

2021, April 16: Evening Crescent Moon, Mars, Taurus

April 16, 2021: Mars and the crescent moon are in the west after sunset.  Taurus is the starry drop for the planet and the lunar slice.  Use a binocular to see Mars and the crescent moon in the same field of view.



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  1. This viewer observes a very brilliant morning star, Venus, at approximately 05:30 AM eastern daylight time from his home in the northern Virginia county of Fauquier.

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