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2021, April 18: Crescent Moon, Mars, Evening Sky

April 18, 2021:  The crescent moon is high in the west after sunset among the stars of Gemini, below Pollux and Castor.  Mars is above the Bull’s horns.  Daylight is 13 hours, 30 minutes long.

2021, April 18: Jupiter, Saturn, Morning Planets

April 18, 2021: The bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn, are in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  Capricornus is the starry background for this giant planet duo.  Daylight is 13 hours, 30 minutes long.

2021, April 17: Morning, Jupiter, Saturn, Distant Star

Advertisements April 17, 2021: The bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn, are in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  Bright Jupiter is passing a dim star.  Through a spotting scope or telescope the distant star seems to intermingle with Jupiter’s largest satellites. by Jeffrey L. Hunt Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 6:07 a.m. CDT; Sunset, 7:34 p.m. CDT…. Read More ›

2021, April 16: Evening Crescent Moon, Mars, Taurus

April 16, 2021: Mars and the crescent moon are in the west after sunset.  Taurus is the starry drop for the planet and the lunar slice.  Use a binocular to see Mars and the crescent moon in the same field of view.

2021, April 16: Morning Planets, Jupiter, Saturn

April 16, 2021: Jupiter and Saturn are the morning planets in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  Jupiter is the brightest “star” in the region.  Through a spotting telescope or small telescope, the star Mu Capricorni seems to intermingle with Jupiter’s largest moons.

2021, April 15: Crescent Moon, Taurus, Mars

April 15, 2021: The crescent moon appears near the “V” of Taurus this evening, while Mars is above the Bull’s horns.  Venus is nearing its first appearance in the western evening sky.

Venus as a Morning Star Gallery 2020-2021

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2021: Venus as an Evening Star

2021: Venus is the evening star that is visible in the west for the rest of the year beginning in late April. The crescent moon appears with Venus each month. Venus conjunctions occur with Mercury, Mars and bright stars.

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.

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