Planets

2021, May 29: Evening Star Venus, Mercury, Mars

May 29, 2021: Three planets are in the evening sky.  Brilliant Venus is low in the west-northwest after sunset.  Speedy Mercury is leaving the sky after its best evening performance of the year.  It is below Venus.  Mars is higher in the western sky, in Gemini to the lower left of Pollux.

2021, May 26: Lunar Eclipse, Morning Worlds

May 26, 2021:  This morning a lunar eclipse occurs.  Your view of event depends on your location.  Better views are farther west in the US and Canada.  Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Ocean experience the entire eclipse.  Bright morning planets Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeastern sky.

2021, May 25: Morning Planets, Jupiter, Saturn

May 25, 2021:  The bright moon is in the southwest this morning.  Bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  Jupiter, brighter than all the stars this morning, is moving eastward among the stars of Aquarius.  Saturn, to the upper right of Jupiter, is retrograding in Capricornus.

2021, May 28: Close Venus – Mercury Conjunction

May 28, 2021:  This evening Mercury passes brilliant Venus for the second of three conjunctions during this evening apparition of the second planet from the sun.  Use a binocular about 45 minutes after sunset to see the speedy planet 0.4° to the lower left of Venus.  This is the closest visible conjunction until 2033.

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