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.
October 23, 2021: This morning the bright moon is near the Pleiades star cluster. Mercury is making its best morning appearance. In the evening sky, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are easy to spot.
October 22. 2021: Speedy Mercury is low in the east before sunrise. It is putting on its best morning performance of the year. Arcturus, in the east-northeast, is about the same altitude as Mercury.
October 21-November 1, 2021: Brilliant Venus steps through Ophiuchus to the upper left of the star Antares in the southwest after sunset . Afterward, the planet steps farther eastward.
October 21, 2021: The bright moon is low in the west about an hour before sunrise. Mercury is in the east at about the same altitude as Arcturus. Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter shine from the evening sky.
December 18, 2021: This is the anticipated launch date of the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most sophisticated space telescope view the universe.