2020, November 24: Brilliant Venus, Mercury East Before Sunrise

Venus and Mercury, November 24, 2020
2020, November 24: Forty-five minutes before sunrise, Venus is nearly 15° up in the east-southeast, 1.6° to the upper right of κ Vir. Mercury is over 4° in altitude in the east-southeast, 15.0° to the lower left of Venus. Mercury is 3.4° to the lower left of Zubenelgenubi.

November 24, 2020: Brilliant Morning Star Venus is visible in the east-southeast as the morning’s sunrise approaches.  It is appearing slightly lower this morning.  Mercury is visible low in the east-southeast about 45 minutes before sunrise.  This speedy planet is ending its best morning appearance of 2020.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 6:52 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:23 p.m. CST.  Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.

Venus continues to sparkle low in the east-southeast before sunrise.  It is nearly 15° up in the east-southeast an hour before sunrise.  As twilight brightens, Mercury is near the horizon to the lower left of the star Zubenelgenubi.

Venus rises about 2 hours, 30 minutes before sunrise, while Mercury rises about 75 minutes before the sun.  The plane of the solar system continues to make a fairly high angle with the horizon to easily display the two planets closest to the sun.  Mercury is only 14° from the sun, while Venus is over double that angular separation from our central star.

On the chart, Venus is 1.6° to the upper right of Kappa Virginis (κ Vir).

Detailed note: One hour before sunrise, brilliant Venus is nearly 15° up in the east-southeast, 1.6° to the upper right of κ Vir.  Forty-five minutes before sunrise, Mercury is over 4° in altitude in the east-southeast, 15.0° to the lower left of Venus.  Mercury is 3.4° to the lower 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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