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2020, June: Brilliant Venus Emerges Into the Morning Sky

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2012, July 21: Brilliant Venus, Jupiter, Aldebaran, and the Pleiades rise into the morning sky.

After its inferior conjunction, brilliant morning star Venus appears in the morning sky, low in the east-northeast.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

After its inferior conjunction, Venus pops into the morning sky. It rises five minutes earlier each morning and it is visible low in the east-northeast. Be sure to view it with the moon on June 19. Continue to watch it as it appears higher in the sky at the same time each morning and Aldebaran and the Hyades appear through the morning twilight. At month’s end it begins an interval of its greatest brightness. Here’s what to look for:

2020, June 19: The moon makes its closest pass with Venus. They are 1.0° apart.

2020, June 26: Brilliant Venus is 4.9° to the upper right of Aldebaran and 9.2° below Alcyone, the brightest star in the Pleiades star cluster.

Read more about Venus as a Morning Star during 2020-2021.

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