2020, December 11: Moon Nears Venus

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2020, December 11: The crescent moon is nearly 20° to the upper right of brilliant Morning Star Venus, and nearly 9° to the upper right of Zubenelgenubi. Venus is 3.0° to the lower right of Gamma Librae (γ Lib).

December 11, 2020: As sunrise approaches, the crescent moon is to the upper right of the brilliant planet Venus.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 7:09 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:20 p.m. CST.  Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.

2020, December 11: About an hour before sunrise, the crescent moon that is 14% illuminated is in the southeastern sky.

One hour before sunrise, the thin crescent moon is less than a third of the way up in the southeast.  It is nearly 9° to the upper right of Zubenelgenubi, the Northern Claw.

At this hour brilliant Venus is lower in the sky, nearly 18° to the lower left of the lunar crescent.

The moon rises before 3:30 a.m. CST, about 4 hours before sunrise. Venus’ rising follows moonrise about 90 minutes later, over 2 hours before sunrise.  By an hour before sunrise, Venus is 10° above the horizon.  Find a location away from nearby terrestrial obstructions for a clear view of the southeast horizon.

With a binocular note that Venus is 3.0° to the lower right of Gamma Librae (γ Lib on the chart.

Tomorrow morning, the moon is over 4° to the upper right of the brilliant planet.  Get your cameras ready for a pretty display of Venus and razor-thin moon.

Detailed Note: One hour before sunrise, the crescent moon (26.3d, 14%) is about 25° up in the southeast, 8.8° to the upper right of Zubenelgenubi.  Venus – 10° above the horizon – is nearly 18° to the lower left of the lunar arc and 3.0° to the lower right of γ Lib. 

See our summary about Venus during December 2020 and the feature article  about Venus as a Morning Star.

Read more about the planets during December.

2021, April 25: Mercury-Venus Conjunction, Mars, Bright Moon

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.

2021, April 24: Evening Star, Bright Mercury, Venus, Mars, Gibbous Moon

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.

2021, April 24: Lunar Occultation, Morning Planets, Jupiter Saturn

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.

2021, April 23: Evening Star Venus, Mercury, Mars, Moon

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.



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