Venus from Galileo (NASA photo)

2020, August 5: Brilliant Venus Tours Orion, Mars in Pisces


Venus in Orion, August 5, 2020
2020, August 5: Venus is 1.1° to the upper right of the star Chi1 Orionis (χ1 Ori) and 3.3° below Zeta Tauri (ζ Tau), the Southern Horn of Taurus.

Venus and Mars shine from the morning sky before sunrise. Venus moves into Orion, while Mars marches eastward in Pisces.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

This morning – over 90 minutes before sunrise – brilliant Venus is on its first day of eight days touring the northern reaches of Orion, in the Hunter’s club.  This morning Venus is 1.1° to the upper right of the star Chi1 Orionis (χ1 Ori on the photo) and 3.3° below Zeta Tauri (ζ Tau), the Southern Horn of Taurus.  With a binocular watch Venus pass χ1 Ori and move toward Chi2 Orionis (χ2 Ori).

Through a telescope the planet’s is a thick morning crescent phase that is slightly less than half full.

Mars in Pisces, August 5, 2020
2020, August 5: Mars is 0.5° to the upper left of 89 Piscium (89 Psc) and 3.4° to the lower right of Mu Piscium (μ Psc).

Farther westward, Mars is high in the south-southeast, marching through the dim stars of Pisces.  This morning it is 0.5° to the upper left of 89 Piscium (89 Psc) and 3.4° to the lower right of Mu Piscium (μ Psc).

The bright moon appears farther west in this morning sky.  The moon appears with Mars on the evening of August 8 and morning of August 9.

Earth passes between Mars and the sun on October 13, 2020.

At this hour Jupiter and Saturn are below the horizon in the southwest.  In the hours following sunset, look for them in the southern sky.

Here is a daily summary about the planets during August.

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