Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines brightly in the morning sky during 2020 and early 2021.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
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Slideshow of Venus images
- 2021, March 26: Venus at Superior Conjunction
- 2021, January: Venus Fades From Morning Sky
- 2020, December: Morning Star Venus in East
- 2020, November: Brilliant Morning Star Venus and Mercury
- 2020, October: Venus, Morning Star
- 2020, September: Venus Sparkles in Eastern Morning Sky
- 2020, August: Venus in Orion’s Arm and Gemini
- 2020, Venus at its Greatest Brightness
- 2020, July 19: Venus and Four Bright Morning Planets
- 2020, July: Venus Moves through Taurus
- Venus at Inferior Conjunction, June 3, 2020
- Venus as a Morning Star Diagram
- 2020, June: Venus Emerges Into the Morning Sky
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.
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
March 26, 2021: Venus reaches its superior conjunction today. The sun is between Earth and the planet.
March 10, 2021: Mars continues its eastward march through Taurus. Look high in the west-southwest for the planet.
March 10, 2021: The crescent moon appears with Jupiter, Mercury, and Saturn during bright morning twilight in the east-southeast.
March 9, 2021: Mars marches eastward in Taurus. Find it high in the west-southwest after sunset.
March 9, 2021: The moon joins Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury in the southeastern sky before sunrise.
March 8, 2021: Mars continues its eastward march in Taurus. It is nearly between the Pleiades star cluster and Aldebaran, the constellation’s brightest star. Find it during the early evening, high in the west-southwestern sky.