by Jeffrey L. Hunt
Expecting to see the moon with Venus, storm clouds prevented the view. When the sky cleared, the moon had set. Venus sparkled low in the west-northwest. In the image above, Venus, Mercury, and Elnath are grouped into a pretty triangle. Mercury is 3.5° to the upper left of Venus and 3.1° to the lower left of Elnath The Venus- Elnath gap is 4.2°.
Venus is rapidly leaving the evening sky. In a few evenings it no longer appears there. After mid-June, it appears low in the east-northeast before sunrise.
Mercury is entering the evening sky for a brief appearance.
Here’s more about Mercury in the evening sky.
Read this article for more about Venus as an Evening Star.
Looking ahead, here’s the Venus as a Morning Star, 2020-2021, article.