Venus sets at Nautical Twilight on New Year’s Day 2022. It is rapidly moving between the earth and sun, setting about 7 minutes earlier each evening. In only five days it sets at Civil Twilight and then passes inferior conjunction at 6:48 p.m. CST on January 8, 2020. The first morning visibility of Venus starts 3-4 days after the conjunction. It’ll appear about 4° in altitude above the east-southeastern horizon during late morning twilight.
Just three evenings into the new year, catch the crescent moon with Venus. They are only 4° up in the west-southwest about 45 minutes after sunset. The moon is 11° to left of the planet.
On January 8, Venus moves between Earth and the sun (inferior conjunction). Less than a week after its conjunction ir appears very low in the east-southeast before sunrise.
October 23, 2021: This morning the bright moon is near the Pleiades star cluster. Mercury is making its best morning appearance. In the evening sky, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are easy to spot.
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.