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2020, November 23: Morning Planets 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.

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2020, November 23: Venus and Mercury shine from the east-southeast before sunrise. Venus is 2.6° to the upper right of Kappa Virginis (κ Vir). Mercury is very low in the sky, 2.1° to the lower left of Zubenelgenubi.

November 23 2020: Brilliant Morning Star Venus and Mercury shine from the east-southeast before sunrise.  Venus is stepping eastward in Virgo, to the lower left of Spica.  Mercury is becoming more difficult to see as it shines from near the horizon to the lower left of Zubenelgenubi.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 6:50 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:24 p.m. CST.  Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.

2020, November 23: Venus shines from the east-southeast before sunrise.

About an hour before sunrise, Venus is low in the east-southeast.  It is stepping eastward in Virgo, to the lower left of Spica.  It is near the dim star Kappa Virginis (κ Vir).  Mercury is completing its best morning appearance of the year, and shines from low in the east-southeast, nearly 15° to the lower left of Venus.

Looking through a binocular, you can see Venus 2.6° to the upper right of κ Vir, while Mercury is 2.1° to the lower left of Zubenelgenubi.

Look for Mercury about 45 minutes before sunrise.  It is very low in the east-southeast.

Detailed note: One hour before sunrise, Venus is 15.0° in altitude in the east-southeast, 2.6° to the upper right of κ Vir. Fifteen minutes later, Mercury is nearly 5° up in the east-southeast, 2.1° to the lower left of Zubenelgenubi.  The Venus – Mercury gap is 14.7°.

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.

2021, October 29 – November 1, Lion Moon

October 29 – November 1, 2021:  The crescent moon moves in front of the stars of Leo in the eastern sky before sunrise.  Watch the moon appear lower and the phase shrink (wane) each morning. Also note that there is no Full moon on Halloween this year!

2021, October 25:  Caught Between the Horns

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.

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