July 6, 2021: This is the second bright planet – planet opposition this month. Venus and Saturn are in opposite directions from Earth. Venus sets about the time that Saturn rises. After this date, Venus and Saturn together are in the evening sky until early 2022.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
Venus and Saturn are at opposition, in opposite directions in space from our planet. This is the second opposition of two bright planets this month. This event signals the appearance of both planets in the sky at the same time, Saturn low in the east-southeast and Venus low in the west-northwest.
Saturn rises in the east-southeast at 9:52 p.m. CDT (in Chicago) as Venus sets 12 minutes later.
In about 10 days both planets are easier to see as three planets are now in the evening as they join Mars.
Additionally, Venus passes Mars on July 12, for the first conjunction of a triple conjunction that occurs now and the other two conjunctions occur in the morning sky in 2022.
Near month’s end Jupiter begins to appear in the evening sky with Saturn, Venus, and Mars after oppositions with Earth’s Twin and the Red Planet.
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October 26, 2021: Mercury is at its greatest morning appearance for the year. Look low in the east-southeast before sunrise.
October 25, 2021: This morning the bright gibbous moon seems to be caught between the horns of Taurus. Mercury is making its best morning appearance. The planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are in the evening sky.
October 24, 2021: Saturn is at its closest to Jupiter as the Jovian Giant picks up eastward speed. The morning moon and Mercury are visible before sunrise. Brilliant Evening Star Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter are in the sky after sunset.
October 23, 2021: This morning the bright moon is near the Pleiades star cluster. Mercury is making its best morning appearance. In the evening sky, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are easy to spot.
October 22. 2021: Speedy Mercury is low in the east before sunrise. It is putting on its best morning performance of the year. Arcturus, in the east-northeast, is about the same altitude as Mercury.