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.
November 7, 2021: During the early evening Venus and the moon group together in the southwest.
November 6, 2021: The midpoint of Autumn occurs today.
November 3, 2021: Before sunrise speedy planet Mercury, the crescent moon, and the star Spica are grouped together. The trio does not appear this close together again until 2033.
October 31, 2021: There is no Halloween Full moon this year, and the phase is not close. The crescent moon is in the morning sky. Mercury is low in the east-southeast before sunrise. The planet pack – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – gleam in the evening sky.
October 29, 2021: Venus reaches its greatest elongation from the sun. It is in the evening sky with Jupiter and Saturn. The crescent moon and Mercury are in the eastern sky before sunrise.