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2021, January 26: Evening Planet, Mars

January 26, 2021: Visible high in the south after sunset, Mars is in Aries heading for an early March conjunction with the Pleiades star cluster.

2021, January 21: Morning Stars, Evening Bright Moon

January 21, 2021: Several bright stars are in the morning sky. This morning look for Antares in the east-southeast. Mercury – near its greatest elongation – is in the west-southwest after sunset. Mars and the moon are near each other. Planet Uranus is near Mars.

2021, January 19: Mercury, Moon, Mars, Uranus

January 19, 2021: Mercury is low in the west-southwest after sunset. The moon is approaching Mars before their grouping tomorrow evening. Mars nears the planet Uranus before tomorrow’s conjunction.

2021, January 18: Morning Herder, Evening Planets

January 18, 2021: Without a bright morning planet, bright Arcturus and the constellation Bootes the Herdsman is high in the south. The crescent moon is in the early evening sky. Mars is near the planet Uranus. They are high in the south-southeast as night falls.

2021, January 17: Starry Mornings, Evening Planets

January 17, 2021: Venus slowly slides into bright sunlight. Step outside to see starry mornings. In the evening sky, Mercury is low in the sky after sunset. The moon is near a fish. Mars approaches the planet Uranus.

Venus as a Morning Star Gallery 2020-2021

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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

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.

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.