2022, July 22: Morning Planet Alignment, Ophiuchus after Nightfall

July 22, 2022: In the morning planet parade, the crescent moon is between Mars and the Pleiades star cluster.  Through a binocular the moon is near Uranus.  After sundown, Ophiuchus is in the south.

2021, September – October: Venus and the Scorpion

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.