2020, August 12: Venus Last Morning in Orion

Venus in Orion, August 12, 2020
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.

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