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.
May 29, 2021: This morning’s bright moon is near the handle of the Teapot of Sagittarius. Bright Jupiter and Saturn are to the east of the gibbous moon.
May 28, 2021: This morning, one hour before sunrise, the bright gibbous moon is near the Teapot of Sagittarius. Farther eastward, Jupiter is moving eastward in front of the stars of Aquarius. Saturn is retrograding in Capricornus.
May 27, 2021: Mercury approaches Venus the evening before a close conjunction of the two planets. This is the closest visible grouping of the two planets until 2033, although over two dozen groupings occur during the interim. Tonight is Sirius’ Cosmic Setting. It sets at sunset. The moon is visible low in the southeast at three hours after sunset.
May 27, 2021: The bright moon is in the west this morning, near the star Antares. Bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.
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.
May 26, 2021: Evening Star Venus, Mercury, and Mars are in the western sky after sunset. The Venus – Mercury conjunction is two nights away. Use a binocular to see the brilliant planet and dimmer Mercury. Mars continues its march through Gemini to the lower left of Castor.
May 25, 2021: Evening Star Venus, Mercury, and Mars are in the western sky after sunset. Mercury is coming off its best evening appearance of the year. Mars is marching eastward in Gemini. The bright moon is in the southeast during the early evening near the star Graffias.
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.
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.