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2020, August 20: Venus and Orion, Morning Sky

The Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula: A stellar nursery in the constellation Orion (NASA photo)

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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, October 7:  Evening Crescent, Planet Pack

October 7, 2021: The lunar crescent returns to the evening sky for a short visit in the western sky after sunset.  The bright planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are visible during the early evening.

2021, October 5: Skinny Moon, Evening Planet Pack

October 5, 2021: Before sunrise, a very thin moon is visible in the eastern sky.  The evening planet pack – Evening Star Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are visible at the same time after sundown.

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