2020, December 19: Venus Scoots Through Scorpius

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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.

2021, April 21: Morning Planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Capricornus

April 21, 2021: Jupiter and Saturn are the bright morning planets in the southeast before sunrise.  The stars are in front of the backdrop of Capricornus.  The constellation looks like an oversized boomerang or stealth fighter.



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