Look for Venus, crescent moon, and Sirius in the eastern sky before sunrise.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
Venus, the waning crescent moon, and Sirius appear in the eastern sky this morning before sunrise.
Tomorrow morning the moon and Venus appear in a close grouping. Get your camera ready.
This morning the moon is nearly 13° to the upper right of the brilliant Morning Star.
Meanwhile, Sirius is making its first morning appearance. The night sky’s brightest star is low in the east-southeast sky. During the next few mornings look for it without optical assistance. It appears in the photo above because of the short time exposure. It is visible through a binocular.
Here is a daily summary about the planets during August.
August 3, 2021: Four planets appear in the evening sky. Brilliant Evening Star Venus and dim Mars are in the west after sunset. A little later during the evening, Saturn and Jupiter are easily visible in the southeast.
August 2, 2021: Saturn is at opposition with the sun. Earth is between the sun and the planet.
August 1 – 6, 2021: The morning moon wanes toward its New moon phase in the eastern sky. It passes the bright stars that are prominent in the evening sky during the winter season in the northern hemisphere. The stars have been making their first appearances in the morning sky during summer. At this hour, Procyon and bright Sirius are the last stellar duo to appear.
August 6, 2021: In the northern hemisphere, summer’s midpoint occurs today at 6:27 p.m. CDT.
July 31, 2021: The slightly gibbous moon, nearing its Last Quarter phase, is in the southeast as morning twilight begins. It is near the planet Uranus, easily within reach of a binocular. Mira, a variable star, reaches its brightest next month.