June 23 – 30, 2021: Venus is quickly catching Mars in the western sky after sun. Venus passes the Red Planet next month.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
Brilliant Venus shines from the west-northwest after sunset. Dimmer Mars is to the Twin Planet’s upper left. The Red Planet is visible to the unaided eye, but a binocular helps see it in the colorful hues of evening twilight.
Venus moves faster eastward along the ecliptic, the solar system’s plane, than Mars. The brilliant planet passes Mars on July 12.
On June 23, the gap from Venus to Mars is 11.4°. On this evening, Mars is in front of the Beehive star cluster. With a binocular view Mars is seemingly snuggled in the cluster. Watch Mars move away during the next few evenings.
Venus is near Pollux, one of the Gemini Twins. On June 24, Venus is below an imaginary line that starts at Castor and extends through Pollux. The next evening, Venus is above that line.
On June 25, Venus moves into Cancer, the sky’s dim region between Pollux and Regulus, a span of nearly 40°.
On June 27, the Venus – Mars gap is 9.1°.
As the month ends, the gap between the planets is 7.4°. Venus is approaching the Beehive star cluster. The stellar bunch is low in the sky during twilight, a situation that is very unfavorable to see.
Through a binocular Venus is 2.7° to the lower right of the cluster of stars.
Articles and Summaries
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- Venus Evening Star (Summary)
- Mars during 2021 (Summary)
- Planets during June 2021
December 30, 2021: The morning crescent moon seems to be captured in the Scorpion’s pincers to the upper right of Mars. Four Evening Planets – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – are in the southwest after sundown.
December 28, 2021: The Great Andromeda Galaxy is nearly overhead at the end of the evening twilight.
December 29, 2021: The morning crescent moon approaches Scorpius and Mars. In the evening sky, four evening planets – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – are lined up in the southwest. Venus is rapidly leaving the evening sky.
November 28, 2021: During twilight this evening, the three bright evening planets – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – are on parade in the southwestern sky.
December 28, 2021: Brilliant Venus is quickly slipping from the evening sky. Mercury appears beneath Venus after sunset. This duo is joined by Jupiter and Saturn. In the morning, Mars is near Antares and the moon near Spica.