November 20, 2020: After sunset, bright rusty Mars is in the east-southeast in front of the dim stars of Pisces. This evening the thick crescent moon is east of the Jupiter-Saturn pair. Jupiter continues to close the gap to Saturn as a runup to their Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020.
November 19, 2020: The thick crescent moon is to the lower left of Saturn this evening. Jupiter continues to close the gap to Saturn as their Great Conjunction approaches on December 21, 2020. Mars is in the eastern sky among the dim stars of Pisces.
December 21, 2020. Jupiter passes Saturn in a close conjunction, known as a great conjunction. This conjunction is visible from across the globe. Across the world the planets are visible in the south-southwest after sunset. This is a slow-moving event that has been unfolding throughout 2020. This article describes how to observe and photograph this world-wide astronomical spectacular.
Look for the crescent moon to the lower right of Jupiter and Saturn after sunset in the south-southwest. Jupiter continues to move closer to Saturn as the Great Conjunction approaches on December 21, 2020. Rusty Mars shines from the eastern sky from in front of the stars of Pisces.
Jupiter slowly dances toward its December 21, 2020 Great Conjunction with Saturn. Find them to the upper left of crescent moon this evening. Jupiter is 3.5° to the lower right of Saturn.
This evening the crescent moon appears in the southwest about 45 minutes after sunset, over 30° to the lower right of Jupiter. In a darker sky, Jupiter continues to close in on Saturn before the Great Conjunction as Mars picks up speed toward the east among the stars of Pisces.
Five bright planets are visible during the nighttime hours. Brilliant Morning Star Venus is “that bright star” in the southeastern sky before sunrise. Venus waltzes near the star Spica leading up to its widely-spaced conjunction with the star. Mercury puts on its best morning display of the year to the lower left of Venus. During the evening in the south-southwest, Jupiter slowly dances toward Saturn as a lead-up to the December 21, 2020 Great Conjunction. Mars slowly dances eastward in Pisces in the eastern sky.
Brilliant Venus shines in the eastern sky near Spica before sunrise. Mercury appears lower in the sky as sunup approaches. This speedy planet is making its best morning appearance of the year. In the evening sky, Mars appears in the eastern sky after sunset. At the same time Jupiter dances toward Saturn before their Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020.
This morning’s sky extravaganza includes a thin crescent near Morning Star Venus and Spica. The trio make a pretty triangle. Mercury appears to the lower left of the celestial trio. In the evening sky, Mars ends its retrograde motion, as Jupiter closes in on Saturn before their Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020.
This morning’s spectacular sky includes a thin crescent near Morning Star Venus with Mercury and Spica nearby, as the moon dances past the morning planets. Venus continues to shine as “that bright star” in the east before sunrise. In the evening Mars marches is nearing the end of its retrograde motion in Pisces. Jupiter approaches Saturn in eastern Sagittarius as a prelude to the Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020.