2021, January 3-5: Morning Moon

The moon, January 3-5, 2021.
2021: January 3-5: The waning moon appears in front of the stars of Leo and Virgo before sunrise.

January 3-5, 2021:  The gibbous moon appears near Leo and Virgo in the southwest before sunrise.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

During the mornings of January 3-5, the waning moon appears in the southwest before sunrise.

Venus is low in the southeast at this time.

Read about Venus during January.

The moon appears farther eastward each morning as it approaches Venus for a picturesque pose on the morning of January 11.

Here’s what to look for each morning:

  • January 3: The bright gibbous moon – nearly halfway up in the sky – is 7.2° to the upper left of the star Regulus.  While the moon is bright look for the “Sickle of Leo,” a backwards question mark made of six stars to the upper right of the moon.
  • January 4:  Look for the bright moon – about halfway up in the sky.  It is 7.9° to the lower right of Denebola, the Tail of the Lion.
  • January 5:  The bright moon is 6.6° to the upper right of Gamma Virginis (γ Vir on the chart.

Read more about the planets during January.

Moon in the Bull's Horns. October 8, 2020

2021, August 14: Waxing Moon, Stellar Double

August 14, 2021: This evening the waxing moon is near Zubenelgenubi, the southern claw, that is a stellar double.  Use a binocular to see both stars that are in a gravitation dance.

Moon and Venus, August 15, 2020

2021, August 13: Evening Sky, Bright Planets

August 13, 2021: This evening the crescent moon appears between Evening Star Venus and Spica as the lunar slice dances eastward.  Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeastern sky.

The crescent moon, November 19, 2020

2021, August 12: Evening Sky, Lunar Dance

August 12, 2021: This evening the crescent moon appears between Venus and Spica as the lunar slice dances eastward.

2021, May 13: The crescent moon is 3.2° to the upper left of Mercury.

2021, August 11: Waxing Moon, Evening Star

August 11, 2021:  The waxing crescent moon is to the upper left of Evening Star Venus this evening in the western sky.

The Crescent Moon, November 16, 2020

2021, August 10: Evening Star Venus, Crescent Moon

August 10, 2021:  The crescent moon is near Venus in the western sky after sunset.



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