2020, August 12: Venus Last Morning in Orion

2020, August 12: Venus is 2.7° to the lower right of Eta Geminorum (η Gem) and 2.5° to the lower right of Mu Geminorum (μ Gem).

Brilliant planet Venus is moving through the “club” region of Orion.  Tomorrow it moves into Gemini.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

On this peak Perseid meteor shower morning and the impending helical rising of Sirius, the brilliant Morning Star Venus, appears in the eastern sky.

This is the final morning that Venus is in the club area of Orion for this appearance.  Venus is to the lower right of Eta Geminorum (η Gem on the photo) and Mu Geminorum (μ Gem).

In this starfield, Venus is 2.7° to the lower right of η Gem and 2.5° to the lower right of μ Gem.

Notice that Orion’s shoulders – Betelgeuse and Bellatrix – appear to the right of the Morning Star.

The planet continues to move eastward – toward the lower left on the photo.

At the beginning of the month, Venus was near Zeta Tauri (ζ Tau), that appears near the top of the image.

Venus and the crescent moon make a beautiful grouping on August 15.  Get your camera ready!

Bright Mars is higher in the sky toward the south this morning.

The first sightings of Sirius by the unaided eye occur this week about 45 minutes before sunrise.

Here is a daily summary about the planets during August.

2021, July 26: Evening Sky, Mars Closes In

July 26, 2021:  Four bright planets are in the evening sky.  Mars closes in on Regulus for their conjunction in three evenings.  Brilliant Evening Star Venus appears to the upper left of the impending Mars – Regulus conjunction.  Saturn and Jupiter are low in the southeastern sky after sunset.

2021, July 25: Evening Sky, Mars on Final Approach

July 25, 2021:  Four evenings before its conjunction with Regulus, find Mars in the western sky to the lower right of Venus.  As the calendar day ends, look for the moon below bright Jupiter.

2021, July 24: Four Evening Planets, Moon

July 24, 2021: After sunset, Venus and Mars are in the western sky.  A little later during evening hours, the moon is near Jupiter and Saturn in the southeast.

2021, July 29: Jupiter – Mars Opposition

July 29, 2021:  Jupiter and Mars are 180° apart along the ecliptic.  Dim Mars sets in the west-northwest as Jupiter rises in the east-southeast.  This event signals that soon both appear in the sky simultaneously.

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