2020, August 16: Venus, Moon, Gemini Twins


A crescent moon shines in the morning sky with Venus.  Castor and Pollux, the Gemini Twins, are nearby.

Move the slider to compare Venus and the moon to their places later during twilight.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Brilliant morning star Venus and the crescent moon shine from the eastern sky this morning.  The moon is only 9% illuminated.

The moon is about 12° to the lower left of the brilliant planet. 

Venus and the moon are in front of the stars of Gemini.  The moon is 6.6° to the right of Pollux.  Venus is 1.2° to the lower left of Nu Geminorum (η Gem on the photo).

This evening, locate Jupiter and Saturn in the southeastern sky after sunset.

The first sightings of Sirius by the unaided eye occur are occurring this morning about 45 minutes before sunrise.

Here is a daily summary about the planets during August.

2021, April 18: Crescent Moon, Mars, Evening Sky

April 18, 2021:  The crescent moon is high in the west after sunset among the stars of Gemini, below Pollux and Castor.  Mars is above the Bull’s horns.  Daylight is 13 hours, 30 minutes long.

2021, April 18: Jupiter, Saturn, Morning Planets

April 18, 2021: The bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn, are in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  Capricornus is the starry background for this giant planet duo.  Daylight is 13 hours, 30 minutes long.

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