2016: Venus & Saturn, January 9


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Brilliant Morning Star Venus passes Saturn on January 9, in the predawn sky.  Look toward the southeast as the sky brightens.  The chart shows the view at 6 a.m. CST.  Saturn appears to the upper right, about 0.2 degrees from Venus; that’s about half the apparent diameter of the moon.  This is the approximate separation of Venus and Jupiter during last summer’s Venus-Jupiter Epoch Conjunction, but Saturn is dimmer.  The bright star Antares appears about 7 degrees to the lower right of Venus and Saturn.

For more about the morning planets in 2016 see:  2016: The Morning Sky

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