2021, March 27: Bright Morning Planets, Bright Moon, Mars

March 27, 2021: Jupiter and Saturn are the bright morning planets in the southeast before sunrise.  In the evening, the nearly full moon’s light nearly washes away the dimmer stars.  It is in front of the stars of Virgo and to the lower left of Leo.  Mars continues its eastward march in Taurus.  Find the Red Planet in the west after sunset.

2021, August – September: Venus in Virgo

. Venus passes Spica on September 5. A nice grouping of Venus, the moon, and Spica occurs on September 9. Near mid-month, Venus begins to rapidly close on Earth. The planet quickly brightens in the sky. After late September, Venus begins to set after the end of evening twilight.