November 29, 2020: Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines from the southeastern sky before sunrise. It is moving eastward in Libra as it steps toward Zubenelgenubi.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
Chicago, Illinois: Sunrise, 6:57 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:21 p.m. CST. Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.
Brilliant Venus – the lone bright planet in the morning sky – shines from low in the east-southeast at about one hour before sunrise. The planet can be easily observed as the sky brightens and sunrise approaches.
The planet rises at about 4:30 a.m. It is losing 2-3 minutes of rising time compared to sunrise for many mornings into the future as it slowly slips toward morning twilight.
Observing the planet each morning at one hour before sunrise, the planet noticeably appears lower in the sky each morning at one hour before sunrise.
This morning, Venus is in Libra, 2.8° to the lower left of the star Lambda Virginis (λ Vir on the chart) and 5.6° to the upper right of Zubenelgenubi. Watch Venus move toward the star during the next 5 days.
Read more about the planets during November.
April 25, 2021: Mercury passes Evening Star Venus this evening after sunset. Look low in the western sky about 20 minutes after sunset. Mars is marching eastward in Gemini, near the star cluster Messier 35. The bright moon is near Spica.
April 25, 2021: Morning planets Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise. Jupiter is in front of the stars of Aquarius, while Saturn’s starry background is Capricornus.
April 24, 2021: Brilliant Evening Star Venus and bright Mercury are entering the evening sky. They are low in the west-northwest during evening twilight. The bright moon is in the southeast in Virgo. Mars moves into Gemini as it approaches the star cluster Messier 35.
April 24, 2021: The bright gibbous moon is near a star in Virgo during the early morning. From parts of the Western Hemisphere, the moon covers the star. Before sunrise, bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.
April 23, 2021: Evening Star Venus and Mercury are entering the evening sky. They are found very low in the west-northwest after sunset. The bright moon is in the southeastern sky during the early evening. Mars is moving toward the star cluster Messier 35.