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 9, 2021: Look for brilliant Venus, crescent moon, and the head of Scorpius in the southwest after sunset. About every eight years, Venus and the moon appear near the head of the Scorpion after sunset. Look for them about 45 minutes after sunset.
October 1, 2021: Before sunrise, the lunar crescent is near the Beehive star cluster.
Newly released analysis from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows that the Arabia Terra region on Mars experienced powerful volcanic eruptions.
September 30, 2021: An hour before sunrise, the crescent moon is near the Gemini Twins.
September 29, 2021: The thick crescent moon is in the southeast before sunrise, approaching the middle of Gemini. The evening planet pack is visible after sunset.