November 20, 2020: Brilliant Venus continues to shine in the east-southeast before sunrise. Catch Mercury before it disappears back into bright twilight and the sun’s glare. It is approaching Zubenelgenubi.
Jeffrey L. Hunt
Jeffrey L. Hunt is an educational technologist living in suburban Chicago. When he's not learning about and implementing technology in classes, he's running or looking at the stars.
November 19, 2020: The thick crescent moon is to the lower left of Saturn this evening. Jupiter continues to close the gap to Saturn as their Great Conjunction approaches on December 21, 2020. Mars is in the eastern sky among the dim stars of Pisces.
November 19, 2020: Brilliant Morning Star Venus, the star Spica, and Mercury are in the east- southeastern sky before sunrise.
December 21, 2020. Jupiter passes Saturn in a close conjunction, known as a great conjunction. This conjunction is visible from across the globe. Across the world the planets are visible in the south-southwest after sunset. This is a slow-moving event that has been unfolding throughout 2020. This article describes how to observe and photograph this world-wide astronomical spectacular.
Look for the crescent moon to the lower right of Jupiter and Saturn after sunset in the south-southwest. Jupiter continues to move closer to Saturn as the Great Conjunction approaches on December 21, 2020. Rusty Mars shines from the eastern sky from in front of the stars of Pisces.
Brilliant Morning Star Venus, the star Spica, and planet Mercury appear in the east-southeast together. Venus is passing Spica. Mercury is making its best morning appearance of the year.
Jupiter slowly dances toward its December 21, 2020 Great Conjunction with Saturn. Find them to the upper left of crescent moon this evening. Jupiter is 3.5° to the lower right of Saturn.
Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines as “the bright star in the eastern sky before sunrise.” The planet is near the star Spica. Mercury joins Venus, but it is lower in the sky.
This evening the crescent moon appears in the southwest about 45 minutes after sunset, over 30° to the lower right of Jupiter. In a darker sky, Jupiter continues to close in on Saturn before the Great Conjunction as Mars picks up speed toward the east among the stars of Pisces.
Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines from the east-southeast before sunrise. This morning it is to the upper left of the star Spica, in a widely-spaced conjunction. As the sky brightens, Mercury is visible to the lower left of Venus, near the horizon.