July 21, 2021: This evening Venus and Jupiter are in opposite directions from Earth, 180° apart along the plane of the solar system. Jupiter rises as Venus sets, signaling that they appear in the sky at the same time.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
The month’s third planet – planet opposition, Venus – Jupiter, occurs this evening. The chart above shows that Venus and Jupiter are in opposite directions from Earth. They are separated by 180° on the planet of the solar system, known as the ecliptic.
As Venus sets in the west-northwest, Jupiter rises in the east-southeast. By month’s end, both planets are visible in the sky at the same time, although far apart. Jupiter joins Saturn with Venus during the early evening hours.
Saturn is nearing its opposition with the sun on August 2, followed by Jupiter 17 days later.
Venus appears with Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky until it zips back into bright twilight and into the morning sky during early 2022. Each evening, Jupiter and Saturn appear higher in the southeastern sky before sunrise. Later in the year, the giant planet duo starts the evening in the southern sky. As fall leans toward winter, they are in the southwest.
As the seasons progress this year, Venus appears farther south and higher in the sky after sunset. By year’s end it is in the southwest during evening twilight. Saturn is only 20° to the upper left of the brilliant planet.
Begin looking for Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter at the same time.
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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.