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.

Venus and moon during morning twilight, August 16, 2020.Venus and moon during morning twilight, August 16, 2020.
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.

Saturn (NASA)

2021, August 2: Saturn at Opposition

August 2, 2021: Saturn is at opposition with the sun.  Earth is between the sun and the planet.

2020, July 17: The crescent moon appears near Venus before sunrise. The night portion of the moon is gently illuminated by earthshine.

2021: August 1 – 6: Morning Moon, Bright Stars

August 1 – 6, 2021:  The morning moon wanes toward its New moon phase in the eastern sky.  It passes the bright stars that are prominent in the evening sky during the winter season in the northern hemisphere.  The stars have been making their first appearances in the morning sky during summer.  At this hour, Procyon and bright Sirius are the last stellar duo to appear.

2021, July 8: The flowers celebrate summer.

2021, August 6: Summer’s Midpoint

August 6, 2021:  In the northern hemisphere, summer’s midpoint occurs today at 6:27 p.m. CDT.

The moon and Spica, December 10, 2020

2021, July 31: Morning Sky, Moon, Mira, Uranus

July 31, 2021:  The slightly gibbous moon, nearing its Last Quarter phase, is in the southeast as morning twilight begins.  It is near the planet Uranus, easily within reach of a binocular.  Mira, a variable star, reaches its brightest next month.

2021, May 13: Brilliant Venus, Mercury, and the crescent moon in the evening sky.

2021, July 29: Mars – Regulus Conjunction

July 29, 2021:  In a challenging-to-see conjunction, Mars passes 0.6° to the upper right of the star Regulus.

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