The moon is very close to a bright star in Leo for northern North America, while it is covered by the moon for regions farther south. Morning Star Venus shines brightly in the east before sunrise. Along with Mercury, Venus dances in front of the stars of Virgo. After this morning, Venus and Mars do not appear in the morning sky together for the remainder of 2020. In the evening Mars shines from Pisces, while Jupiter approaches Saturn as a prelude to the Great Conjunction.
Before sunrise the slightly gibbous moon is in Cancer, between Gemini and Leo, and near the Beehive star cluster. Morning Star Venus and Mercury continue their morning planet dance as they move through Virgo. In the evening, Mars is in the east, while Jupiter waltzes toward Saturn in the south-southwest.
Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines from the eastern sky during morning twilight. Mercury joins Venus as a morning planet. The speedy planet is to the lower left of the star Spica that is below Venus. The morning bright gibbous moon forms a long line with Procyon and Sirius. In the evening sky, bright Mars shines from the east while Jupiter and Saturn are in the south-southwest.
On December 21, 2020, Jupiter passes Saturn in a conjunction. Because they are infrequent, occurring every 19.6 years, they are called great conjunctions
The bright gibbous moon is near the moon and Morning Star Venus sparkles in the east before sunrise. Venus is “that bright star” in the east during morning twilight.
Morning Star Venus continues to brightly shine as “that bright star in the east” each morning before sunrise. Venus and Mercury continue their morning waltz through Spica. Evening planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn slowly dance through the stars.
Bright Morning Star Venus waltzes through Virgo in the eastern morning sky as Mercury joins the view. In the evening bright Mars is in the eastern sky. In the southwest, Jupiter continues to dance toward Saturn as a prelude to the Great Conjunction of December 21, 2020.
Bright Mars shines from Pisces in the west, while Morning Star Venus appears in the eastern sky before sunrise.
Morning Star Venus and Mercury dance in front of the stars of Virgo before sunrise. Mars is visible in the east-southeast after sunset, while Jupiter and Saturn are in the south-southwest as a prelude to their Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020.
The Red Planet’s retrograde motion ends during mid-November. The planet slowly resumes its eastward direction among the dim stars of Pisces. Bright Mars is visible in the east-southeastern sky after sunset during November.