December 18, 2020: The crescent moon overlooks the impending Jupiter – Saturn Great Conjunction during the early evening hours. Mars is in the southeast after sunset. Great Conjunction Countdown: 3 days!
December 18, 2020: As an opening act to the Great Conjunction, Venus passes the star Beta Scorpii at a distance slight larger than the closest distance of Jupiter and Saturn.
December 17, 2020: Jupiter and Saturn appear again with the crescent moon although the moon’s spacing is larger than last night. Jupiter continues to close on Saturn. Great Conjunction Countdown: 4 days!
December 17, 2020: Venus is low in the southeast before sunrise, near the star Graffias, Beta Scorpii, one day before its conjunction with the star. This morning conjunction is about the same separation as the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21, 2020.
December 16, 2020: The crescent moon joins Jupiter and Saturn as a prelude to the Great Conjunction in 5 evenings. The moon is visible below the planets. Mars is in the southeast after sunset.
December 16, 2020: Just days before the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky, Morning Star Venus nears the star Graffias for a very close conjunction in two mornings.
December 15, 2020: This evening the moon begins its evening appearance for December low in the southwest after sunset, to the lower right of bright Jupiter. The gap between Jupiter and Saturn continues to close. Meanwhile, Rusty Mars is in the southeast marching eastward in front of the starry background of Pisces.
December 15, 2020: Near the Libra – Scorpius border, Venus is heading for Graffias, in Scorpius, in three mornings. See the planet low in the southeast before sunrise.
December 14, 2020: Bright Morning Star Venus is in the southeast before sunrise. It is approaching the Libra-Scorpius border and a close conjunction with the star Graffias.
December 14, 2020: The Great Conjunction countdown: 7 days! The Jupiter – Saturn gap is 0.7°. Find them in the southwest, one hour after sunset. Farther east, Mars is the bright star in the southeast after sunset. It is moving eastward among the stars of Pisces.