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2022:  Evening Sky

2021, May 13: Brilliant Venus, Mercury, and the crescent moon in the evening sky.

Photo Caption: 2021, May 13: Brilliant Venus, Mercury, and the crescent moon in the evening sky.

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The Evening Sky, 2022:  The evening sky has planetary activity at the beginning of the year.  Mercury makes its best evening appearance during April.  The moon makes its monthly appearance with bright stars along the ecliptic. See five planets at year’s end.

Chart Caption – 2022, Evening Sky: The setting time intervals, compared to sunset, of the bright planets, bright stars along the ecliptic, and the moon are displayed. The rising times of Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars, compared to sunset, are displayed as well.

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SLIDES FROM JANUARY 4 PRESENTATION

Presentation to the Naperville Astronomical Association, January 4, 2022.

By Jeffrey L. Hunt

This chart shows the setting time intervals of the bright planets, bright stars near the ecliptic, and the moon compared to sunset during 2022.  This activity occurs in the western sky after sunset.  The rising time intervals of Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars are displayed compared to sunset.  Their rising activity occurs in the eastern sky. When a planet rises at sunset it is at opposition.

The three phases of twilight are displayed.

During most of the year, the bright planets are in the morning sky.

Conjunctions of the planets and moon are noted on the chart.

Data for the chart is from the U.S. Naval Observatory for Chicago Illinois.

Notable events:

The year is largely empty of evening planets until Venus, Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter leave the during the winter.  Mercury pops into the western sky during April.  Then one after and another, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars appear in the eastern sky after sunset.  Then Venus and Mercury enter the sky to make the second five-planet display for the year.

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