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.
- 2023, December 26: Cold Moon, Venus, Jupiter, SaturnDecember 26, 2023: The Cold Moon is visible during the nighttime hours. Venus shines before sunrise while Jupiter and Saturn are visible after sundown.
- 2023, December 25: Telescope First Light, Bright PlanetsDecember 25, 2023: For sky watchers with new telescopes, here’s what to look at before dawn or after sunset.
- 2023, December 24: Morning Moon, Pleiades, Antares Heliacal RisingDecember 24, 2023: The moon appears near the Pleiades star cluster during the earlier morning hours. Antares is at its first morning appearance, known as the heliacal rising.
- 2023, December 23: Check out Planet Uranus, Pleiades near MoonDecember 23, 2023: Look for the planet Uranus and the Pleiades star cluster through a binocular during nighttime hours.
- 2023, December 22: Mercury at Inferior Conjunction, Bright Jupiter, Gibbous MoonDecember 22, 2023: Mercury is between Earth and Sun, known as inferior conjunction. Jupiter and the gibbous moon are celestial companions during nighttime hours.