2021, October 13-15:  Moon Passes Saturn, Jupiter

October 13-15, 2021:  The waxing gibbous moon passes the bright evening planets, Saturn and Jupiter.  Look for them in the south-southeast after sunset.

Chart Caption - 2021, October 13-15:  The waxing moon passes evening planets Saturn and Jupiter.
2021, October 13-15: The waxing moon passes evening planets Saturn and Jupiter.

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by Jeffrey L. Hunt

VENUS AS AN EVENING STAR 2021

The waxing gibbous moon passes Saturn and Jupiter on the evenings of October 13-15.  Step outside about an hour after sunset.

The moon is near the planets on these three evenings.  Jupiter is the bright “star” in the south-southeast after sunset.  Saturn is dimmer, over 15° to the upper right of the Jovian Giant.

On October 13, the moon is 60% illuminated, bright enough to cast shadows on the ground.  Saturn is 6.8° to the upper left of the lunar orb.

On the evening of October 14, the waxing moon is 60% illuminated and brighter in the sky than last night.  The moon is nearly equally-spaced below the two planets.  Saturn is 9.8° to the moon’s upper right, while Jupiter is 8.3° to the upper left.

The moon on October 15 is nearly 80% illuminated.  It is about 20° above the east-southeast horizon.  Jupiter is 8.0° to the upper right of the brightening moon.

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