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.
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.
April 25, 2021: Morning planets Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise. Jupiter is in front of the stars of Aquarius, while Saturn’s starry background is Capricornus.
April 24, 2021: Brilliant Evening Star Venus and bright Mercury are entering the evening sky. They are low in the west-northwest during evening twilight. The bright moon is in the southeast in Virgo. Mars moves into Gemini as it approaches the star cluster Messier 35.
April 24, 2021: The bright gibbous moon is near a star in Virgo during the early morning. From parts of the Western Hemisphere, the moon covers the star. Before sunrise, bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.
April 23, 2021: Evening Star Venus and Mercury are entering the evening sky. They are found very low in the west-northwest after sunset. The bright moon is in the southeastern sky during the early evening. Mars is moving toward the star cluster Messier 35.