January 13, 2021: As sunrise approaches brilliant Venus is visible low in the southeast before sunrise.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
Chicago, Illinois: Sunrise, 7:16 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:43 p.m. CST. Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.
Now rising 65 minutes before sunrise, brilliant Venus rises later each morning as it drops into bright twilight. It is slowly heading for its superior conjunction over two months away. I reappears in the evening sky later in the year.
At 30 minutes before sunrise, Venus is only about 5° in altitude in the southeastern sky. Locate a clear horizon to see it.
Read about Venus during January.
Detailed Note: During bright twilight, Venus is about 5° up in the southeast.Read more about the planets during January.
January 3, 2022: The moon passes Venus for the final time of this evening appearance of Venus. As night falls, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter are visible in the southwest. Mars is in the southeast before sunrise.
December 30, 2021: As the year ends and the new one opens, the night sky’s brightest star – Sirius – is in the southern sky at the midnight hour.
December 31, 2021: This morning before sunup, the thin waning crescent moon appears near Mars and the star Antares. Four planets – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – are on parade in the southwest after sundown.
December 30, 2021: The morning crescent moon seems to be captured in the Scorpion’s pincers to the upper right of Mars. Four Evening Planets – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – are in the southwest after sundown.
December 28, 2021: The Great Andromeda Galaxy is nearly overhead at the end of the evening twilight.