2021, April 30: Bright Moon, Bright Planets, Jupiter, Saturn

April 30, 2021: The bright, morning gibbous moon is between Antares and Sagittarius, among the stars of Ophiuchus.  Bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeastern sky before sunrise.

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.

2021, March 6: Morning Moon, Three Planets

March 6, 2021: During morning twilight, the thick crescent moon shines from the southern sky to the left of the star Antares. Saturn is low in the east-southeast about 45 minutes before sunrise. As the sky brightens further, Jupiter and Mercury are visible with the aid of a binocular.