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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September 29, 2021: The thick crescent moon is in the southeast before sunrise, approaching the middle of Gemini. The evening planet pack is visible after sunset.
September 28, 2021: This morning the moon, as it approaches its Last Quarter phase, is high in the south at the Gemini – Taurus border. The evening planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – brightly shine after sunset.
September 27, 2021: Before sunrise this morning, the bright moon seems caught between the horns of Taurus, Elnath and Zeta Tauri. The planet pack, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, are visible after sundown.
September 26, 2021: This morning a bright moon is between the Pleaides and Hyades star clusters.
September 25, 2021: The bright morning moon approaches the Pleiades star cluster and Aldebaran. In the evening sky, brilliant Evening Star Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are easy to spot.