Brilliant Venus and Orion shine from eastern morning sky
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
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.
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.
Mars is at its solar conjunction on October 7, 2021. It begins a slow return into the morning sky. By year’s end it appears low in the southeastern sky with the moon.
October 6, 2021: The moon is at its New moon phase today. This evening look for the three bright planets after sunset.
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.
October 29, 2021: Today is the date for equal daylight and equal darkness for about 42° north latitude. This is not to be confused with the autumnal equinox.