January 6-10, 2021: Each morning the moon moves through the starfield, displays its waning phases to approach Morning Star Venus.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
During the mornings of January 6-10, the moon appears farther eastward as it moves toward Venus that is low in the southeast.
Venus is slowly sliding into the sun’s glare. Look for it very low in the southeast before sunrise.
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 6: The moon displays its Last Quarter phase at 3:37 a.m. CST. Forty-five minutes before sunrise, the moon is about halfway up in the south-southwest, 8.4° to the upper right of the star Spica
- January 7: The moon, 37% illuminated, is 38.0° up in the south, 9.8° to the upper left of Spica. During brighter twilight, Venus is about 6° up in the southeast.
- January 8: The moon, 26% illuminated and over one-third of the way up in the south-southeast, is 2.3° to the upper left of the star Zubenelgenubi.
- January 9: The crescent moon is over 20° in altitude above the southeast horizon. It is 2.2° to the upper right of the star Graffias.
- January 10: The crescent moon the moon is 7.0° to the left of the star Antares. Find Venus over 5° in altitude in the southeast.
Read more about the planets during January.
October 22. 2021: Speedy Mercury is low in the east before sunrise. It is putting on its best morning performance of the year. Arcturus, in the east-northeast, is about the same altitude as Mercury.
October 21-November 1, 2021: Brilliant Venus steps through Ophiuchus to the upper left of the star Antares in the southwest after sunset . Afterward, the planet steps farther eastward.
October 21, 2021: The bright moon is low in the west about an hour before sunrise. Mercury is in the east at about the same altitude as Arcturus. Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter shine from the evening sky.
December 18, 2021: This is the anticipated launch date of the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most sophisticated space telescope view the universe.
October 20, 2021: Mercury is brightening in the morning sky. Brilliant Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are in the evening sky. The bright moon starts the evening low in the eastern sky.