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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November 6, 2021: The midpoint of Autumn occurs today.
November 3, 2021: Before sunrise speedy planet Mercury, the crescent moon, and the star Spica are grouped together. The trio does not appear this close together again until 2033.
October 31, 2021: There is no Halloween Full moon this year, and the phase is not close. The crescent moon is in the morning sky. Mercury is low in the east-southeast before sunrise. The planet pack – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – gleam in the evening sky.
October 29, 2021: Venus reaches its greatest elongation from the sun. It is in the evening sky with Jupiter and Saturn. The crescent moon and Mercury are in the eastern sky before sunrise.
October 29 – November 1, 2021: The crescent moon moves in front of the stars of Leo in the eastern sky before sunrise. Watch the moon appear lower and the phase shrink (wane) each morning. Also note that there is no Full moon on Halloween this year!