2020, December 19: Venus Scoots Through Scorpius

Venus, December 19, 2020
2020, December 19: Venus is 1.3° to the lower left of β Sco, 0.5° to the lower right of ν Sco, and 1.2° to the left of ω1 Sco.

December 19, 2020: Brilliant Venus shines from low in the southeast among the stars of Scorpius.  The planet rapidly moves through the constellation.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 7:14 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:22 p.m. CST.  Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.

Venus 2-3 rises later each morning.  This morning it rises less than 2 hours (113 minutes) before sunrise.  By 45 minutes before sunrise it is less than 10° up in the southeast.  It is now past Graffias (β Sco on the chart).  Unlike slow-moving Jupiter and Saturn, Venus opened a big gap – 1.3° – with the star this morning.   With a binocular note that Venus is near Nu Scorpii (ν Sco) and Omega1 Scorpii (ω1 Sco).

Detailed Note: Forty-five minutes before sunrise, Venus is less than 10° in altitude in the southeast, 1.3° to the lower left of β Sco, 0.5° to the lower right of ν Sco, and 1.2° to the left of ω1 Sco.  Venus is below a line from ν Sco to ω1 Sco.

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.

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