January 17, 2021: Venus slowly slides into bright sunlight. Step outside to see starry mornings. In the evening sky, Mercury is low in the sky after sunset. The moon is near a fish. Mars approaches the planet Uranus.
January 16, 2021: With Venus slipping from the morning sky, look for bright stars in the morning sky. In the evening the crescent moon appears to the upper left of Mercury. Mars approaches planet Uranus.
January 14, 2021: This evening the thin lunar crescent joins Mercury and Jupiter after sunset.
January 12, 2021: Jupiter and Saturn are slowly disappearing into the sun’s brilliant light in the west-southwest immediately after sunset. Mercury, not as bright as Jupiter, is to the Jovian Giant’s upper left. Meanwhile, in a darker sky, Mars is approaching Uranus. The moon begins its evening appearance in 2 evenings after its New phase this evening.
January 11, 2021: During bright evening twilight, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury are a challenging observation when they appear low in the west-southwest.
January 10, 2021: Mercury makes a pretty triangle with Jupiter and Saturn, nearly 3 weeks after the giant planets’ great conjunction. This close grouping is of three planets is unusual.
January 9, 2021: Mercury makes a pretty triangle with Jupiter and Saturn, nearly 3 weeks after the giant planets’ great conjunction.
January 8, 2021: Speedy planet Mercury joins Jupiter and Saturn low in the south-southwest after sunset.
January 2, 2021: After their Great Conjunction, Jupiter is to the upper left of Saturn after sunset. Mars is high in the southeast moving eastward in Pisces. The moon seemingly rises late, but look in the east-northeast about 5 hours after sunset.
January 1, 2021: Jupiter and Saturn are becoming more difficult to see as Jupiter opens a 1.2° gap after their Great Conjunction on the winter solstice. Look early after sunset. Find Mars high in the southeast.