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2020, November 21: Venus, Mercury in Morning Sky

Venus and Jupiter in the morning sky, July 21, 2012

2012, July 21:Brilliant Venus, Jupiter, Aldebaran, and the Pleiades rise into the morning sky.

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2020, November 21: Venus is 2.9° to the lower left of 82 Virgins (82 Vir) and 4.9° to the upper right of Kappa Virginis (κ Vir). Mercury – over 14° to the lower left of Venus – is 1.8° to the upper left of Zubenelgenubi.

November 21, 2020: Bright Morning Star Venus shines in the east-southeast this morning above the speedy planet Mercury.  Use a binocular to spot Mercury near the star Zubenelgenubi.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 6:48 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:25 p.m. CST.  Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.

Venus rises in the eastern sky about 4:15 a.m. CST, over an hour after Mars sets in the west.  As sunrise approaches, find it low in the east-southeast.  It is moving eastward in front of the stars of Pisces.  Mercury – near the horizon – to the lower left of Venus, is 1.8° to the upper left of Zubenelgenubi.  Use a binocular to see the star.

Mercury is completing its best morning appearance of the year as it heads toward its superior conjunction next month.

Detailed note: One hour before sunrise Venus – over 15° up in the east-southeast – is 2.9° to the lower left of 82 Vir and 4.9° to the upper right of Kappa Virginis (κ Vir, m = 4.2).  Forty-five minutes before sunrise, Mercury – over 14° to the lower left of Venus – is 1.8° to the upper left of Zubenelgenubi.

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

Read more about the planets during November.

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October 25, 2021: This morning the bright gibbous moon seems to be caught between the horns of Taurus.  Mercury is making its best morning appearance.  The planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are in the evening sky.

2021, October 24: Saturn Inches Toward Jupiter

October 24, 2021:  Saturn is at its closest to Jupiter as the Jovian Giant picks up eastward speed.  The morning moon and Mercury are visible before sunrise.  Brilliant Evening Star Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter are in the sky after sunset.

2021, October 23: Morning Moon Near Pleiades

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.

2021, October 22, Mercury’s Morning Best, Arcturus

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.

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