Venus begins its approach to the Pleiades and their April 3, conjunction. This evening, Venus is over 16° to the lower right of the star cluster. The Pleiades are in the constellation Taurus. The pattern’s brightest star is Aldebaran, to the upper left of the star cluster.
Venus and the stars shine through a thin veil of clouds this evening.
For more about the Venus-Pleiades conjunction, click here.
This morning, the moon approaches Jupiter and Mars as Mars closes in for its March 20 conjunction with Jupiter. Jupiter is over 12° to the lower left of the moon (22.8 days past the New Moon phase, 39% illuminated). Fast moving Mars is 1.7° to the right of Jupiter. The other planet gaps: Saturn – Mars, 8.9°; Jupiter – Saturn, 7.2°.
Once every generation, these three planets appear close together in the sky. Jupiter and Saturn are headed for their every 20-year reunion in December, in what is known as a great conjunction.
Venus shines brightly in the western sky this evening after sunset. It appears 8.5° to the upper left of Hamal. Watch it continue to move past the stars of Aries and into Taurus. The Pleiades are far above the planet. Venus passes the star cluster next month.
This evening, under a nearly full moon, brilliant Venus shines from the western sky. It is 2.2° to the upper right of Uranus. All week Venus has been moving toward the more distant planet. This evening they appear closest.
If you look closely at the image, Uranus is present. Use a binocular to locate the dimmer planet in the sky. Tomorrow evening Venus is farther to the upper right of Uranus.
Venus is also moving toward the brightest three stars in Aries. As Venus heads eastward through the stars, it does not pass closely to them. The brightest star in Aries, Hamal, is labelled in the above image.
Here’s more information about Venus this week and its place compared to Uranus and Aries.
This evening brilliant Venus is 2.7° to the lower right of Uranus. Venus continues to move farther into Aries near the three bright stars of the constellation. Hamal, the brightest, is to the upper right of Venus.
Use a binocular to see the dim bluish planet that resembles a star, even with slight optical magnification.