Sirius, the night’s brightest star, shines from the east-southeast before sunrise.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
About a week after its first appearance (heliacal rising) in the morning sky, Sirius, the night’s brightest star, shines from the east-southeast nearly 40 minutes before sunrise.
As seen in the image above, Sirius is low in the sky. Find an observing spot reasonably free of obstacles to see the star. It is easily visible without a binocular or telescope. As the star rises 4 minutes earlier each day, find in higher in the east-southeast at the same time in about a week.
Here is a daily summary about the planets during August.
October 8, 2021: The crescent moon approaches Venus in the western sky this evening, leading up to tomorrow’s close grouping of Venus, the crescent moon, and the three stars of the Scorpion’s head.
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.