2020, August 20: Venus and Orion, Morning Sky

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Brilliant Venus and Orion shine from eastern morning sky

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Brilliant Venus continues to put on a planetary display in the morning sky.  It appears in front of the stars of western Gemini.

As Venus rises above the tree line, Orion, with its bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel, appears to the right of the sparkling planet.

Aldebaran appears above the scene.  Venus appeared near that star about a month ago.  The planet has moved farther eastward since then.

Among the stars, Venus is 4.8° to the left of Gamma Geminorum (γ Gem on the photo) and 3.0° to the upper right of Zeta Geminorum (ζ Gem).

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

Here is a daily summary about the planets during August.

2021, January 19: Mercury, Moon, Mars, Uranus

January 19, 2021: Mercury is low in the west-southwest after sunset. The moon is approaching Mars before their grouping tomorrow evening. Mars nears the planet Uranus before tomorrow’s conjunction.

2021, January 18: Morning Herder, Evening Planets

January 18, 2021: Without a bright morning planet, bright Arcturus and the constellation Bootes the Herdsman is high in the south. The crescent moon is in the early evening sky. Mars is near the planet Uranus. They are high in the south-southeast as night falls.



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