2022, January 15:  Saturn, Mercury Slow Fade

January 15, 2022: Saturn and Mercury are slowly fading into bright twilight.  Jupiter stands in the southwest after sunset.  The bright moon is farther eastward.  Morning Star Venus is beginning to appear with Mars before sunrise.

2022, January 12:  Mercury – Saturn Near Conjunction

January 12, 2022:  Mercury moves to 3.4° to Saturn.  This quasi-conjunction, or near conjunction, of the two planets is visible in southwest about 45 minutes after sunset.  Jupiter is to Saturn’s upper left.  The bright moon is near the Pleiades.  Before sunrise, look for Mars low in the southeast.  Venus is becoming visible during bright twilight.

2021, June 17: Morning Planets

June 17, 2021:  At mid-month, bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southern sky before sunrise.  Saturn is retrograding in Capricornus.  Jupiter’s eastward direction is slowing as it turns westward to retrograde beginning June 21.