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2021, July 2: Sunrise!

2022, June 21:  Evening Planet Parade Visibility, Summer Solstice

June 21, 2022: How frequently are the five bright planets visible in their order from the sun after sundown?  Five the morning planet parade in the eastern sky before sunrise.

2022, March 28: A close bunching of Venus, Saturn, Mars, and the crescent moon.

2022, June 20:  Morning Planet Parade Visibility

June 20, 2022: How frequently are the five bright planets visible in their order from the sun before daybreak?  These planets are in this order in the eastern sky before sunrise.

2020, March 30: One day before their conjunction, Mars is 1.2° to the lower right of Saturn. Jupiter is 5.6° to the upper right of Mars.

2022, June 19:  Planet Order Frequency, Moon Identifies Planets

June 19, 2022: How frequently are the five bright planets in order from the sun to create a morning or evening planet parade.  The five planets are in the sky before daybreak.

Venus and Jupiter in the morning sky, July 21, 2012

2022, June 18: Morning Moon, Saturn, Evening Arcturus

June 18, 2022:  The moon joins the morning planet parade. Find it near Saturn before daybreak.  After sunset, Arcturus is high in the southwestern sky.

2020, July 14: The moon (overexposed) approaches the Pleiades star cluster and Aldebaran.

2022, June 17: Morning Planet Parade

June 17, 2022: Five bright planets are becoming visible before sunrise.  The planets are in order from the sun – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

This striking view of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and turbulent southern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed a close pass of the gas giant planet.

2022, June 16: Planet Parade, Southern Hemisphere

June 16, 2022: For southern hemisphere observers, the morning planets are in their full parade mode.  Northern hemisphere observers continue to wait for Mercury to make its full appearance.

North American Nebula in Different Lights This new view of the North American nebula combines both visible and infrared light observations, taken by the Digitized Sky Survey and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, respectively, into a single vivid picture.

2022, June 15:  Teapot Moon, Planets, Evening Summer Stars

June 15, 2022: The morning moon is in front of the Teapot. The morning planet parade continues in the eastern sky before sunrise. As night falls, the Summer Triangle signals that the summer season is arriving north of the equator.

Venus and Moon, December 11, 2020

2022, June 14:  Double Exposed Moon, Morning Planets

June 14, 2022: The moon is visible before sunrise in the southwest, along with the morning planets in the eastern sky.  The lunar orb is visible about two hours after sunset in the southeast.

The star-forming nebula W51 is one of the largest "star factories" in the Milky Way galaxy.

2022, June 13: Mercury Becoming Morning Planet, Evening Antares, Moon

June 13, 2022: Mercury continues its slow entrance into the morning sky to join the predawn planet parade.  After sundown, the bright moon is near Antares

Scorpius in the southern sky

2022, June 12: Early Mercury, Lunar Near Miss

June 12, 2022:  Mercury is beginning to enter the morning sky to make a planet parade of the five brightest planets.  After sundown, the moon is near the Scorpion’s forehead.

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 and moon during morning twilight, August 16, 2020.
  • Venus appears with Orion
  • 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
  • Venus moves into Cancer, September 4, 2020
  • Venus and the stars during morning twilight, September 5, 2020
  • Venus in Cancer, September 5, 2020
  • Venus moves into Cancer, September 4, 2020
  • Venus and Moon, September 14, 2020
  • Venus and Moon, September 14, 2020
  • Venus in Cancer, September 18, 2020
  • Venus with bright stars, September 18, 2020
  • Venus in Leo, September 25, 2020
  • Venus and Regulus, October 1, 2020
  • Venus in Leo, October 5, 2020
  • Venus in Leo, October 6, 2020
  • Venus in Leo, October 7, 2020
  • Venus in Leo, October 8, 2020
  • Venus in Virgo, October 24, 2020
  • Venus in Virgo, October 28, 2020
  • Venus in Virgo, October 30, 2020
  • Venus in VIrgo, November 2, 2020
  • Venus and Mercury, November 7, 2020
  • Venus, Mercury, and crescent moon, November 12, 2020
  • Venus, crescent moon, Spica, November 12, 2020
  • Venus, Mercury, Spica, and Moon, November 13, 2020
  • Venus, Mercury, Moon, Spica, November 16, 2020
  • Venus and Mercury, November 18, 2020
  • Venus and Mercury, November 20, 2020
  • Venus, November 23, 2020
  • 2020, November 28: Venus in the morning sky.
  • Venus and Spica, November 29, 2020
  • Venus, December 1, 2020
  • Venus, December 2, 2020
  • Venus, December 3, 2020
  • Venus, December 4, 2020
  • Venus, December 9, 2020

Feature Articles

2020, July 17: The crescent moon appears with Venus and near Aldebaran before sunrise.

2022:  Venus as a Morning Star

During 2022, Morning Star Venus puts on a magnificent dance with Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the moon in eastern sky before sunrise. Next Event: Venus, Mars, and the moon gather, January 29, 2022.

Venus from Galileo (NASA photo)

2021 – 2022, Venus – Mars Triple Conjunction

During 2021 into 2022, Venus passes Mars three times for a triple conjunction.  The first occurs on July 12, 2021.  The others occur during early 2022, followed by a close approach of the two planets.

NASA's image of Saturn

2020: Great Conjunction Slideshow

On December 21, 2020, Jupiter passes Saturn in a conjunction. Because they are infrequent, occurring every 19.6 years, they are called great conjunctions

Saturn as seen from space

1623: The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

Did anybody observe the Jupiter – Saturn Great Conjunction of 1623? It was the closest until the Great Conjunction of 2020 with Jupiter passes close to Saturn on December 21, 2020.

Jupiter Close up from Hubble Space Telescope

2020: December 21: The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

On December 21, 2020, in a close conjunction, Jupiter passes Saturn in the evening sky This is known as a Great Conjunction. Look toward the southwest about one hour after sunset. The bright “star” is Jupiter. Dimmer Saturn is immediately to the Giant Planet’s upper right.

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