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.
April 29, 2021: Evening Star Venus and bright Mercury are in the west-northwest during bright twilight. As the sky darkens, Mars is at the feet of Gemini in the western sky. Through a binocular the Red Planet is above the star cluster Messier 35.
April 29, 2021: The bright moon is in the southwest before sunrise, near the star Antares. The morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast. The planets are 15.0° apart.
April 28, 2021: Evening Star Venus and bright Mercury are low in the west-northwest during bright evening twilight. Later during the evening, Mars is at the feet of Gemini. Use a binocular to spot the star cluster Messier 35 below the Red Planet. Near midnight, the moon is in the southeast near Antares.
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April 27, 2021: Evening Star Venus and Mercury climb into the evening sky in the west-northwest after sunset. In a darker sky, Mars marches eastward in Gemini, near the feet of the Twins. Look for the moon caught in the pincers of the Scorpion.