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.
October 7, 2021: The lunar crescent returns to the evening sky for a short visit in the western sky after sunset. The bright planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are visible during the early evening.
Mars is at its solar conjunction on October 7, 2021. It begins a slow return into the morning sky. By year’s end it appears low in the southeastern sky with the moon.
October 6, 2021: The moon is at its New moon phase today. This evening look for the three bright planets after sunset.
October 5, 2021: Before sunrise, a very thin moon is visible in the eastern sky. The evening planet pack – Evening Star Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are visible at the same time after sundown.
October 29, 2021: Today is the date for equal daylight and equal darkness for about 42° north latitude. This is not to be confused with the autumnal equinox.