February 16, 2022: The second Venus – Mars conjunction of a triple conjunction occurs this morning. Mercury is at greatest elongation. The nearly-full moon is in the west-northwest before sunrise.
January 7, 2022: Mars is visible before sunrise, while Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter – along with the crescent moon – are in the evening sky. Venus is nearing inferior conjunction and an appearance in the morning sky.
January 6, 2022: Planet Mercury nears its evening greatest elongation. It appears in the evening sky, with a crescent moon, Jupiter, and Saturn. Venus sets soon after sundown. Mars is in the southeast before sunup.
September 13, 2021: Mercury reaches greatest elongation tonight. It is a challenge to see in the bright twilight.
Venus moves through the classic Scorpion (Libra, Scorpius, and Ophiuchus) during 46 days. Venus sets later each evening and brightens in the sky. On October 9, the moon is near Venus and Delta Scorpii. A week later, Venus passes Antares. Look for an evening half phase through a telescope near the end of October and the evening greatest elongation.