2020, August 14: Venus, Crescent Moon, Sirius Before Sunrise

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2020, August 14, 2020: One day before their close grouping, the crescent moon is 13° to the upper right of Morning Star Venus. Sirius is making its first morning appearance in the east-southeast.

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.

2021, April 24: Evening Star, Bright Mercury, Venus, Mars, Gibbous Moon

April 24, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus and bright Mercury are entering the evening sky.  They are low in the west-northwest during evening twilight.  The bright moon is in the southeast in Virgo.  Mars moves into Gemini as it approaches the star cluster Messier 35.

2021, April 24: Lunar Occultation, Morning Planets, Jupiter Saturn

April 24, 2021:  The bright gibbous moon is near a star in Virgo during the early morning.  From parts of the Western Hemisphere, the moon covers the star.  Before sunrise, bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.

2021, April 23: Evening Star Venus, Mercury, Mars, Moon

April 23, 2021: Evening Star Venus and Mercury are entering the evening sky.  They are found very low in the west-northwest after sunset.  The bright moon is in the southeastern sky during the early evening.  Mars is moving toward the star cluster Messier 35.

2021, April 23: Jupiter, Saturn, Morning Planets

April 23, 2021: Bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.  Jupiter is the brightest “star” in the region.  Saturn is to the Jovian Giant’s upper right.

2021, April 22: Brilliant Venus, Gibbous Moon, Mars

April 22, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus is making its first appearance in the western sky after sunset.  Look just above the horizon at 20 minutes after sunset.  The bright, gibbous moon is in Leo.  Mars approaches the star cluster Messier 35 in a darker sky.



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