The Orion Nebula

2020, August 20: Venus and Orion, Morning Sky


Venus and Orion

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.

Venus in eastern Gemini

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.

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