2022, January: Venus Into Bright Twilight, Inferior Conjunction

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2022, January 3: Thirty minutes after sunset Venus and the moon are only 4° up in the west-southwest about 30 minutes after sunset. The moon is 11° to left of the planet.

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.

2022: January 8: Venus is at inferior conjunction, between Earth and Sun. It rapidly moves into the morning sky.

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.

Venus as an Evening Star Article

2021, July 26: Evening Sky, Mars Closes In

July 26, 2021:  Four bright planets are in the evening sky.  Mars closes in on Regulus for their conjunction in three evenings.  Brilliant Evening Star Venus appears to the upper left of the impending Mars – Regulus conjunction.  Saturn and Jupiter are low in the southeastern sky after sunset.

2021, July 25: Evening Sky, Mars on Final Approach

July 25, 2021:  Four evenings before its conjunction with Regulus, find Mars in the western sky to the lower right of Venus.  As the calendar day ends, look for the moon below bright Jupiter.

2021, July 24: Four Evening Planets, Moon

July 24, 2021: After sunset, Venus and Mars are in the western sky.  A little later during evening hours, the moon is near Jupiter and Saturn in the southeast.

2021, July 29: Jupiter – Mars Opposition

July 29, 2021:  Jupiter and Mars are 180° apart along the ecliptic.  Dim Mars sets in the west-northwest as Jupiter rises in the east-southeast.  This event signals that soon both appear in the sky simultaneously.



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