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2020, Mars During November

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.

Moon in the Bull's Horns. October 8, 2020

2020, November 3: Morning Star Venus, Mercury and Moon, Bull’s Horns

Mercury begins to join Morning Star Venus in the eastern sky before sunrise. The moon is in the morning sky in the west. Three evening planets are found after sunset, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Mars is in the east-southeast and the Jupiter – Saturn pair is in the south-southwest after sunset. Four hours after sunset, look for the moon between the bull’s horns.

Crescent Moon, Venus, and Aldebaran, July 17, 2020

2020, November 2: Morning Star Venus, Mercury and Evening Planets

Mercury begins to join Morning Star Venus in the eastern sky before sunrise. The moon is in the morning sky in the west. Three evening planets are found after sunset, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Mars is in the east-southeast and the Jupiter – Saturn pair is in the south-southwest after sunset. Today is a heliocentric conjunction for Jupiter and Saturn.

Venus and Moon, October 13, 2020

2020, November: Brilliant Morning Star Venus and Mercury

Brilliant Venus continues to shine brightly in the morning sky. Venus is “that bright star” in the southeastern sky before sunrise. Venus steps eastward in Virgo as Mercury makes its best morning appearance for the year. The crescent moon joins the bright inner planets on November 12 and November 13.

Venus and Moon, October 13, 2020

2020, November 1: Speedy Mercury, Evening Planets

Speedy Mercury joins Morning Star Venus in the eastern sky before sunrise. The first rock from the sun is entering the morning sky for its best appearance of the year. In the evening, Mars shines in the eastern sky, while in the south-southwest Jupiter edges toward its Great Conjunction with Saturn on December 21, 2020.

Jupiter and Saturn, July 17, 2020

2020, October 26: Morning Star Venus, Evening Moon, Planets

Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines in the eastern sky among the stars of Pisces. Mars is visible earlier in the morning, but is low in the sky when Venus rises. In the evening, Mars shines from the east, while Jupiter and Saturn are in the south-southwest as a prelude to their Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020. The moon appears to the upper right of Mars.

Venus and the moon, June 29, 2020.

2020, October 25: Morning Star Venus, Evening Moon, Planets

The brilliant Morning Star Venus continues to step through Virgo. It is that “bright star in the eastern sky” before sunrise. This morning Venus is near Beta Virginis. In the evening sky, the gibbous moon is between Mars and Jupiter, and near the star Fomalhaut. Mars is in the east-southeast. Jupiter and Saturn are in the east-southeast.

Astronomy

2020: Daylight Saving Time Commentary

In this commentary is a different idea about year-round daylight time, based on astronomical concepts for the mid-northern latitudes. Year-round or not, a different approach may yield better results.

The crescent moon before sunrise, July 19, 2020.

2020, October 23: Last Call for Venus and Mars in Morning Sky

Mars and Morning Star Venus are nearing their opposition so that they do not appear together in the morning sky for the remainder of 2020. In the evening sky, three planets – Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn – along with the moon, are easy to locate.

Venus as a Morning Star Gallery 2020-2021

  • Venus returns to the morning sky, June 14, 2020
  • Venus low in the east-northeast, June 15, 2020
  • Venus is low in the east-northeast during morning twilight, June 6, 2020.
  • The crescent moon and Venus, June 16, 2020
  • Crescent Moon and Venus
  • Venus and the crescent moon, June 19, 2020
  • Crescent moon and Venus, June 19, 2020
  • Venus in east-northeast, June 22, 2020
  • Venus, 25 minutes before sunrise, June 24, 2020
  • Venus in east-northeast, June 25, 2020
  • Venus in pre-sunrise sky, June 26, 2020
  • Venus in Taurus, June 28, 2020
  • Venus in the east-northeast, June 29, 2020
  • Venus in the east-northeast, July 1, 2020
  • Venus is near the Hyades, July 2, 2020.
  • Venus and Aldebaran with the Hyades and Pleiades, July 3, 2020
  • Venus in Taurus, July 4, 2020.
  • Venus in Taurus, July 5, 2020.
  • Venus in Taurus, July 6, 2020.
  • Venus in Taurus, July 7, 2020
  • Venus in Taurus, July 9, 2020.
  • Venus and Aldebaran, July 11, 2020
  • Venus, Aldebaran, Hyades, Pleiades, July 13, 2020.
  • Venus and Aldebaran, July 13, 2020
  • Venus, Moon, and Mars, July 14, 2020.
  • Venus in Taurus, July 14, 2020.
  • Venus in Taurus, July 20, 2020.
  • Mercury and Venus, July 20, 2020
  • Mercury, Venus, July 23, 2020
  • Venus and Taurus, July 23, 2020
  • Venus and Mercury, July 24, 2020
  • Venus in Taurus, July 25, 2020.
  • Venus in east, July 26, 2020.
  • Venus in Taurus, July 28, 2020
  • Venus in Orion, August 5, 2020
  • Venus in Orion, August 7, 2020
  • Venus in Orion, August 8, 2020
  • Venus in Orion, August 9, 2020
  • Venus in Orion, August 10, 2020
  • Venus in Orion, August 12, 2020
  • Venus in Gemini, August 14, 2020
  • Venus, moon, Sirius, August 14, 2020
  • Venus and moon during morning twilight, August 16, 2020.
  • Venus in eastern Gemini
  • Sirius, August 21, 2020
  • Venus in Gemini, August 22
  • Venus in Gemini, August 30
  • Venus and the stars during morning twilight, August 30, 2020

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