2021, June 11: Venus – Moon Conjunction


June 11, 2021:  During the early evening brilliant Evening Star Venus and the crescent moon appear together in the west-northwest after sunset.  The pairing is the second closest during this appearance of Venus in the evening sky.

Chart Caption – 2021, June 11, The crescent moon is to the lower right of Venus.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Walk outside about 45 minutes after sunset.  Look to the west-northwest.  A clear view across the sky is needed to see the grouping of Venus and the crescent.

A spot on a hillside or elevated structure is helpful.  Take along a binocular to initially see the crescent.

Brilliant Venus is shining through the spectacular hues of sunset.  It is about 8° up in the west-northwest. The crescent moon, 2% illuminated, is 2.8° to the lower right of Venus.

Venus and the moon set about 90 minutes after sunset.  As the sky darkens, they are lower in the sky.

Photo Caption – 2021, May 12: The moon is 1.2 degrees to the left of brilliant Venus. This was the closest grouping of the pair for this evening appearance of Venus.

Photograph the pairing with a tripod-mounted camera.  Depending on the sky’s brightness and the camera’s settings, exposures can range from fractions of a second to a few seconds.

Next month, the moon is in the region again on July 11 and July 12.

Follow the moon during the next few evenings after its grouping with Venus as it moves higher in the western sky, passing Mars.

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  1. Steve Hurley – England – Hi I am Steve Hurley. I work in the IT industry. I studied for a PhD in astronomy in the 1980s. Outside work my real passion is explaining scientific concepts to a non-scientific audience. My blog (explainingscience.org) covers various scientific topics, but primarily astronomy. It is written in a style that it is easily understandable to the non scientist. Publications and videos For links to my books and videos please visit www.explainingscience.org
    Steve Hurley says:

    Great post lovely header image

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