Brilliant Venus shines from the eastern sky near Regulus, the brightest star in Leo.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
This morning brilliant Venus shines from eastern sky as it steps eastward among the stars of Leo. It is 1.7° to the upper right of Regulus, the brightest star in Leo.
Venus is moving away from Nu Leonis (ν Leo on the photo above). The planet is 0.7° to the lower left of that star.
During the next two mornings, Venus is very close to Regulus.
Watch Venus continue to move through the constellation for most of October.
The moon is in the region with Venus and Regulus beginning October 12.
Read more about the planets during October.
During the early evening hours of winter, the stars that shine from the southern sky are a sampler of the sky’s brightest stars.
January 21, 2021: Several bright stars are in the morning sky. This morning look for Antares in the east-southeast. Mercury – near its greatest elongation – is in the west-southwest after sunset. Mars and the moon are near each other. Planet Uranus is near Mars.
January 20, 2021: Mercury is low in the west-southwest after sunset. The bright moon is to the lower right of Mars, while the Red Planet passes planet Uranus.