April 19, 2021: The first evening appearance of Venus for this apparition occurs this evening. Look for it low in the west-northwest about 20 minutes after sunset.
The planet can be found during bright twilight without a binocular. Begin looking for it about 20 minutes after sunset. It is only 2° above the horizon. Use a binocular to first locate the planet and then attempt to spot it without optical help.
The planet sets 30 minutes after sunset, so the window is narrow to catch it on this first evening of visibility.
The evening of the first sighting is highly dependent on the clarity of the sky at the horizon and the observer’s place. A natural horizon, free of obstructions, is needed to make this observation. A hill or structure is helpful to see the horizon.
Following the first appearance, the planet sets about two minutes later each evening during the rest of April. It appears higher in the sky at the same time interval after sunset. By month’s end, Venus sets 45 minutes after sunset.
Read more about Venus in our summary document.
Mars is at its solar conjunction on October 7, 2021. It begins a slow return into the morning sky. By year’s end it appears low in the southeastern sky with the moon.
October 6, 2021: The moon is at its New moon phase today. This evening look for the three bright planets after sunset.
October 5, 2021: Before sunrise, a very thin moon is visible in the eastern sky. The evening planet pack – Evening Star Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are visible at the same time after sundown.
October 29, 2021: Today is the date for equal daylight and equal darkness for about 42° north latitude. This is not to be confused with the autumnal equinox.
October 4, 2021: Before sunrise, the razor-thin lunar crescent is low in the eastern sky.