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.
October 7, 2021: The lunar crescent returns to the evening sky for a short visit in the western sky after sunset. The bright planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are visible during the early evening.
Mars is at its solar conjunction on October 7, 2021. It begins a slow return into the morning sky. By year’s end it appears low in the southeastern sky with the moon.
October 6, 2021: The moon is at its New moon phase today. This evening look for the three bright planets after sunset.
October 5, 2021: Before sunrise, a very thin moon is visible in the eastern sky. The evening planet pack – Evening Star Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are visible at the same time after sundown.
October 29, 2021: Today is the date for equal daylight and equal darkness for about 42° north latitude. This is not to be confused with the autumnal equinox.