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.
December 28, 2021: The Great Andromeda Galaxy is nearly overhead at the end of the evening twilight.
December 29, 2021: The morning crescent moon approaches Scorpius and Mars. In the evening sky, four evening planets – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – are lined up in the southwest. Venus is rapidly leaving the evening sky.
November 28, 2021: During twilight this evening, the three bright evening planets – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – are on parade in the southwestern sky.
December 28, 2021: Brilliant Venus is quickly slipping from the evening sky. Mercury appears beneath Venus after sunset. This duo is joined by Jupiter and Saturn. In the morning, Mars is near Antares and the moon near Spica.
December 27, 2021: The Red Planet Mars passes Antares this morning before sunrise. At the same hour, the moon is near Spica. The three bright planets – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – are in the evening sky.