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2020, October 1: Venus in Leo

Venus from Galileo (NASA photo)

Venus as viewed from the Galileo spacecraft (NASA photo)

2020, October 1: Brilliant Venus shines from the eastern sky. The planet is stepping eastward in Leo. This morning it is 1.7° to the upper right of Regulus (α Leo) and 0.7° to the lower left of Nu Leonis (ν Leo).

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.

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

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.

2022, January 6: Mercury Nears Greatest Elongation

January 6, 2022:  Planet Mercury nears its evening greatest elongation.  It appears in the evening sky, with a crescent moon, Jupiter, and Saturn.  Venus sets soon after sundown.  Mars is in the southeast before sunup.

2022, January 5:  Jupiter – Evening Moon, Morning Mars

January 5, 2022: Jupiter and the crescent are 5.5° in the evening sky.  Look for Mercury and Saturn with the planet-moon duo.  Earlier, Venus is low in the west-southwest.  Before sunrise, Mars is near Antares.

2022, January 4: Earth at Perihelion

January 4, 2022:  Earth is at perihelion today – it’s closest point to the sun.  Mars is a morning planet, while the evening planet pack – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – and the crescent moon are in the southwest after sundown.

2022, January 3: Venus – Moon Conjunction

January 3, 2022:  The moon passes Venus for the final time of this evening appearance of Venus.  As night falls, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter are visible in the southwest.  Mars is in the southeast before sunrise.

2021, December 30:  Sirius at Midnight

December 30, 2021:  As the year ends and the new one opens, the night sky’s brightest star – Sirius – is in the southern sky at the midnight hour.

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