January 1, 2021: Brilliant Morning Planet Venus is low in the southeast before sunrise. The moon is in the west between Regulus and Pollux.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
Chicago, Illinois: Sunrise, 7:18 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:31 p.m. CST. Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.
Brilliant Venus is slowly slipping to the sun’s brilliant glare. Now rising nearly 90 minutes before sunrise, the Morning Star is low in the southeast at about 45 minutes before sunrise. A clear horizon, free from trees, buildings and other obstructions, along with a cloud-free sky near the horizon, is necessary to track the planet throughout the month.
This morning the star Antares is over 12° to the upper right of the brilliant planet.
Farther westward, the moon is the western sky between Pollux and Regulus.
Read about Venus during January.
Detailed Note: Forty-five minutes before sunrise, Venus (m = −3.9) is about 6° in altitude in the southeast. It is over 12° to the lower left of Antares (α Sco, m = 1.0). The moon (17.8 days after the New moon phase, 94% illuminated) is nearly one-third of the way up in the west, between Pollux (β Gem, m = 1.2) and Regulus (α Leo, m = 1.3). The lunar orb is nearly 16° to the upper left of Pollux and over 20° to the lower right of Regulus.
Read more about the planets during January.
August 1 – 6, 2021: The morning moon wanes toward its New moon phase in the eastern sky. It passes the bright stars that are prominent in the evening sky during the winter season in the northern hemisphere. The stars have been making their first appearances in the morning sky during summer. At this hour, Procyon and bright Sirius are the last stellar duo to appear.
August 6, 2021: In the northern hemisphere, summer’s midpoint occurs today at 6:27 p.m. CDT.
July 31, 2021: The slightly gibbous moon, nearing its Last Quarter phase, is in the southeast as morning twilight begins. It is near the planet Uranus, easily within reach of a binocular. Mira, a variable star, reaches its brightest next month.
July 29, 2021: In a challenging-to-see conjunction, Mars passes 0.6° to the upper right of the star Regulus.
July 27, 2021: Evening Star Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are in the evening sky. Mars is nearing its conjunction with Regulus in two evenings.