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.
Look for the bright rosy star Betelgeuse during February evenings. It makes up the shoulder of Orion the Hunter.
February 19-21: The bright moon moves through the constellation Taurus. Use a binocular to see the starry background with the moon.
February 18, 2021: The moon, waxing toward its First Quarter moon phase, is high in the southwest after sunset. Planet Mars is 3.8° to the upper right of the moon. Mars is parading eastward compared to the starry background in eastern Aries as it heads toward the Taurus border.