November 27, 2020: Brilliant Venus is the lone bright morning planet. Find it in the east-southeast during early morning twilight. It is stepping eastward in Virgo, near the Virgo-Libra border.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
Chicago, Illinois: Sunrise, 6:55 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:22 p.m. CST. Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.
Brilliant Venus is the lone bright planet in the morning sky. For practical observing, Mercury has departed its morning view for its superior conjunction with the sun and its first evening appearance of 2021 during January and February.
Venus is stepping eastward in Virgo, near the Virgo-Libra border. It is near two dimmer stars that can be located before the sky brightens too much or spotted with binocular. This morning the planet has a conjunction with dim Lambda Virginis (λ Vir on the chart). The gap is 1.2°. The star Kappa Virginis (κ Vir) is 2.8° to the upper right of Venus.
Venus is headed toward the vicinity of Zubenelgenubi – the Southern Claw. Zubeneschamali, the Northern Claw – is nearby. Venus passes between the stars on December 4. Watch the planet step eastward compared to the starry background.
Detailed note: One hour before sunrise, Venus is 14.0° up in the east-southeast. In the starfield it is 2.8° to the lower left of κ Vir and passes 1.2° to the upper left of λ Vir.
Read more about the planets during November.
April 19, 2021: The first evening appearance of Venus for this apparition occurs this evening. Look for it low in the west-northwest about 20 minutes after sunset.
April 19, 2021: Venus begins to appear in the west after sunset. The moon lines up with Pollux and Castor, while Mars is above Bull’s horns in the western evening sky.
April 19, 2021: The bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn, are in the southeastern sky before sunrise. Capricornus is the starry background for this giant planet duo.
April 18, 2021: The crescent moon is high in the west after sunset among the stars of Gemini, below Pollux and Castor. Mars is above the Bull’s horns. Daylight is 13 hours, 30 minutes long.
April 18, 2021: The bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn, are in the southeastern sky before sunrise. Capricornus is the starry background for this giant planet duo. Daylight is 13 hours, 30 minutes long.