2020, October 12: Moon, Regulus in Morning Sky

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2020, October 12: The moon (25.0d, 25%) is halfway up in the sky in the east-southeast, 10.5° to the upper right of Regulus

The crescent moon appears in the morning sky near brilliant Venus and Regulus

by Jeffrey Hunt

On the morning of October 12, look for the crescent moon about halfway up in the east at about one hour before sunrise.  The moon is 25.0 days past its New moon phase, and it is 25% illuminated.

2020, October 12: The moon (overexposed in the image) is 10.5° to the upper right of Regulus. Venus is over 11° to the lower left of the star.

See our summary about Venus during October 2020 and the feature article  about Venus as a Morning Star.

The lunar crescent is 10.5° to the upper right of the star Regulus (in Leo), while brilliant Venus is over 11° to the lower left of the star.

Look for the lunar crescent near Venus on October 13 and October 14.

Read more about the planets during October.

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April 25, 2021: Mercury passes Evening Star Venus this evening after sunset.  Look low in the western sky about 20 minutes after sunset.  Mars is marching eastward in Gemini, near the star cluster Messier 35.  The bright moon is near Spica.

2021, April 24: Evening Star, Bright Mercury, Venus, Mars, Gibbous Moon

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2021, April 24: Lunar Occultation, Morning Planets, Jupiter Saturn

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2021, April 23: Evening Star Venus, Mercury, Mars, Moon

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