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2020, November: Brilliant Morning Star Venus and Mercury

Venus and Moon, October 13, 2020

2020, October 13: The moon (26.0 days past New moon phase, 16% illuminated) – nearly 33° up in the east - is 8.8° above Venus, 24.0° up in the east. The crescent is 5.9° to the lower left of Regulus.

November 1-15, Venus and Mercury: Venus and Mercury move through Virgo during the first half of November, Venus approaches Spica.

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.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Venus and Mercury are seen against the distant stars of Virgo for nearly the entire month, although late in the month, the move into Libra.

Read our feature article about Venus as a Morning Star.

2020, November 2: One hour before sunrise, Venus is 4.0° to the upper right of Gamma Virginis (γ Vir) and 1.4° to the lower left of Eta Virginis (η Vir).

Venus begins the month about 20° up in the east-southeast one hour before sunrise.  Mercury starts to climb into the morning sky and is visible low in the east-southeast 15 minutes later.

2020, November 7: About 40 minutes before sunrise, Mercury – low in the east-southeast – is 5.1° to the left of Mercury. Brilliant Morning Star Venus gleams from higher in the sky.

2020, November 12: One hour before sunrise, brilliant Venus is 0.3° to the lower left of Theta Virginis (θ Vir) in the east-southeastern sky. The crescent moon is 6.5° above Venus and 2.9° to the lower left of Gamma Virginis (γ Vir). Spica is 6.5° to the lower right of Venus, Mercury is hidden by clouds.
November 16-20, Venus passes and moves away from Spica and continues eastward in the constellation, crossing into Libra as the month concludes.
2020, November 13: Sparkling Venus – nearly 18° up in the east-southeast – is 8.1° to the upper right of the old moon and 5.5° to the upper left of Spica. The lunar crescent is 6.9° to the lower left of Spica and 5.1° above Mercury.
2020, November 16: Brilliant Venus shines in the east-southeast during morning twilight. It is 3.8° to the upper left of Spica and 13.0° to the upper right of Mercury.

2020, November 18: Forty-five minutes before sunrise, Venus is 4.3° to the left of Spica in the east-southeastern sky. Mercury is 13.4° to the lower left of Venus.

2020, November 20: Before sunrise, bright Venus is low in the east-southeast, 5.8° to the lower left of Spica. Mercury is low in the sky.

2020, November 23: Venus shines from the east-southeast before sunrise.
2020, November 28: Venus in the morning sky.

Read more about the planets during November.

2021, December 29: Moon Nears Scorpion, Venus Departs

December 29, 2021: The morning crescent moon approaches Scorpius and Mars.  In the evening sky, four evening planets – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – are lined up in the southwest.  Venus is rapidly leaving the evening sky.

2021, December 28:  Venus Slips, Mercury Hops

December 28, 2021:  Brilliant Venus is quickly slipping from the evening sky.  Mercury appears beneath Venus after sunset.  This duo is joined by Jupiter and Saturn.  In the morning, Mars is near Antares and the moon near Spica.

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