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.
Mercury begins to join Morning Star Venus in the eastern sky before sunrise. The moon is in the morning sky in the west. Three evening planets are found after sunset, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Mars is in the east-southeast and the Jupiter – Saturn pair is in the south-southwest after sunset. Today is a heliocentric conjunction for Jupiter and Saturn.
Brilliant Venus continues to shine brightly in the morning sky. Venus is “that bright star” in the southeastern sky before sunrise. Venus steps eastward in Virgo as Mercury makes its best morning appearance for the year. The crescent moon joins the bright inner planets on November 12 and November 13.
Speedy Mercury joins Morning Star Venus in the eastern sky before sunrise. The first rock from the sun is entering the morning sky for its best appearance of the year. In the evening, Mars shines in the eastern sky, while in the south-southwest Jupiter edges toward its Great Conjunction with Saturn on December 21, 2020.