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2021, October 26-28:  Morning Gemini Moon

Moon and Venus, August 15, 2020

2020, August 15: The crescent moon appears 3.4° to the upper left of Venus this morning among the stars of western Gemini.


October 26, 27, and 28, 2021:  During the early morning hours, the bright gibbous moon appears in front of Gemini’s stars.

Chart Caption – 2021, October 26-28: The moon moves eastward compared to the stars of Gemini.


by Jeffrey L. Hunt



The bright gibbous moon appears high in the southwestern sky before sunrise.  It is farther eastward each morning compared to the stars of Gemini.

Step outside about an hour before sunrise, before morning twilight covers the dimmer stars.

The constellation Gemini looks like two stick figures of people.  Castor and Pollux are the heads.  They seem to have their arms around each other’s shoulders.  Castor has a long torso and short legs.  Pollux has long legs, seemingly bowed.

Here’s what to look for:

October 26:  The moon is near the feet of the Gemini Twin Castor, Propus and Tejat Posterior.  It is 3.4° to the right of Mebsuta,”the outstretched paw of the lion.”

October 27:  The moon is 63% illuminated and over 73% up in the southwest.  The lunar orb is 5.5° to the lower right of Pollux.

October 28: This morning the moon is in front of the dim stars of Cancer. The lunar orb is  54% illuminated.  It is 8.0° to the lower left of Pollux.

A binocular can be used to identify the dimmer stars of the constellation.  Another way to see them is to hold up your hand, as you would to block out the sun’s glare.


2022, January 5:  Jupiter – Evening Moon, Morning Mars

January 5, 2022: Jupiter and the crescent are 5.5° in the evening sky.  Look for Mercury and Saturn with the planet-moon duo.  Earlier, Venus is low in the west-southwest.  Before sunrise, Mars is near Antares.

2022, January 4: Earth at Perihelion

January 4, 2022:  Earth is at perihelion today – it’s closest point to the sun.  Mars is a morning planet, while the evening planet pack – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – and the crescent moon are in the southwest after sundown.

2022, January 3: Venus – Moon Conjunction

January 3, 2022:  The moon passes Venus for the final time of this evening appearance of Venus.  As night falls, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter are visible in the southwest.  Mars is in the southeast before sunrise.

2021, December 30:  Sirius at Midnight

December 30, 2021:  As the year ends and the new one opens, the night sky’s brightest star – Sirius – is in the southern sky at the midnight hour.

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