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2021, May 21: Evening Planet Ballet

May 21, 2021: Three bright planets are dancing in the western sky after sundown.  Evening Star Venus is entering the sky for a months-long residency after its solar conjunction two months ago.  Mercury is heading for a conjunction with Venus after its best evening appearance of the year.  Mars continues its eastward march in Gemini, but time is running out on its appearance as it approaches brighter evening twilight and a conjunction with Venus.

2021, May 20: Evening Planet Dance

May 20, 2021:  Evening Star Venus, Mercury, and Mars continue their planetary dance in the western sky after sunset.  Begin looking for brilliant Venus about 30 minutes after sunset.  Fifteen minutes later, Mercury and Mars join the ballet.

2021, May 19: Five Planets, Waxing Moon

May 19, 2021: The display of five planets continues.  Jupiter and Saturn are morning planets, visible in the southeast before sunrise.  After sunset, brilliant Evening Star Venus, Mercury, and Mars are in the western sky.  The half-full moon is to the upper left of Regulus.

2021, May 17: Planets, Moon Line Up

May 17, 2021: The five bright planets – Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, and Mars – are visible in night sky.  Jupiter and Saturn are in the morning.  Evening Star Venus, Mercury and Mars are in the evening sky with the crescent moon.

2021, May 16: Lunar Occultation, Mercury Best!

May 16, 2021: The moon occults a star in Gemini this evening, and Mercury reaches its greatest separation from the sun.  Bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.  After sunset, Evening Star Venus, Mercury, Mars, and the lunar crescent are lined up above the western horizon.

2021, May 15: Planets on Review

May 15, 2021: Five planets and the crescent moon are visible today.  Morning Planets Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.  Brilliant Evening Star Venus, Mercury – on its best evening appearance of the year, Mars, and the crescent moon are in the western sky after sunset.

2021, May 14: Planets on Parade

May 14, 2021:  Five planets are on parade.  Bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.  After sundown, brilliant Evening Star Venus, Mercury, Mars, and the lunar crescent are in the evening sky.

2021, May 12: Spectacular Venus-Moon Grouping

May 12, 2021: Thirty minutes after sunset, the razor-thin moon is 1.2° to the left of brilliant Venus.  This is the closest grouping of the moon and Venus during this evening appearance of the brilliant planet.  Mercury is 9.1° to the upper left of Venus.  Mars maintains its eastward march in Gemini. Sirius and Aldebaran are near their heliacal settings, their final appearances in the evening sky for the year.

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