Mars is at its solar conjunction on October 7, 2021. It begins a slow return into the morning sky. By year’s end it appears low in the southeastern sky with the moon.
September 13, 2021: Mercury reaches greatest elongation tonight. It is a challenge to see in the bright twilight.
September 7 & 8, 2021: The crescent moon, emerging from bright sunlight after its New moon phase, appears near Mercury on these evenings. On September 8, use a binocular to find the crescent 5.0° to the upper right of the speedy planet.
September 6, 2021: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn shine in the evening sky. The moon is at its New moon phase at 7:52 p.m. CDT.
August 31, 2021: The morning moon is caught between the Bull’s Horns. During the evening three bright planets – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – sparkle in the sky.
August 27, 2021: The bright moon is near Aries in the morning sky. Look for Venus and Mercury shortly after sunset.
August 22, 2021: Brilliant Evening Star Venus continues to step through Virgo after sundown. It is to the lower left of Spica and near Porrima and Zaniah.
August 21, 2021: Bright Jupiter is near the Blue Moon this evening. The lunar term has several definitions.
August 20, 2021: Five bright planets are visible after sunset this evening. During the next few evenings, a month before the Harvest Moon, get a preview of the harvest moon effect.
August 19, 2021: The moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter span the sky this evening shortly after sunset.