2020, May 24: Brilliant Evening Star Venus, Mercury, and Moon


2020, May 24: The moon, Mercury, and Venus appear in the sky this evening, (Photo by Tim S.)

By Jeffrey L. Hunt

As Venus moves toward its inferior conjunction on June 3 and into the morning sky, Mercury is emerging into the evening sky. This evening the speedy planet is 5.5° to the upper left of Venus. The crescent moon, 2,3 days past the New phase and 5% illuminated, is nearly 12° to the upper left of Venus. The star Elnath – the Northern Horn of Taurus – is 4.6° above Venus and 3.5° to the upper right of Mercury.

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.

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