2017, July 21: Venus and Moon

That brilliant star above the moon this morning is Venus.  The moon is nearly 8 degrees to the lower left of the Morning Star.  They were slight closer yesterday morning.

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2017, June 20: Venus and Moon

Brilliant Venus and the waning crescent moon sparkle in the eastern morning sky this morning.  The two are about 7.5 degrees apart.

Notice the night portion of the moon,  It is gently illuminated by sunlight reflected from planet Earth:  Earthshine!

 

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2017, June: Jupiter in Evening Sky

Jupiter is the bright “star” in the southern sky during the early evening hours this month. On June 3, the waning gibbous moon appears about 2 degrees to the upper left of the giant planet.  Spica appears 11 degrees to the lower left of Jupiter.  The constellation Corvus the Crow is nearby.

Jupiter ends its retrograde motion on June 8th and begins to move eastward again as compared to the sidereal background.  It slowly appears to move toward Spica, passing on September 5.

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2017, June: Venus in the Morning Sky

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Venus is the “bright star” in the eastern predawn sky during June 2017.

On June 3, Venus reaches its greatest angular separation from the sun, rising about 2 hours before sunrise.  During its appearance so far, Venus has been rising during morning twilight.  On June 10, this bright planet begins rising before morning twilight starts.  By month’s end, it rises over 2 hours, 30 minutes before the sun and over twenty minutes before the beginning of morning twilight.

On the mornings of  June 20 and June 21, the waning crescent moon appears near Venus.  On June 20, the moon is nearly 7.5 degrees to the upper right of Venus.  On the next morning our lunar neighbor is about the same angular distance to the lower left of Venus.

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Update:  Here’s the view this morning, June 20.

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Update 2:  Here’s the view this morning, June 21.

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2017, May 22: Venus and Moon

Brilliant Venus and the waning crescent moon appear together this morning in the eastern sky.  The moon is about 3.5 degrees from Venus this morning.

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2017, May: View of Saturn

Saturn rises in the May sky later in the evening.  Early in the month it appears above the eastern horizon around 10 p.m.  While this planet does not dominate the sky in brightness, it is on of the wonders of the sky through a telescope.  Its extensive rings dazzle the eye.

On the morning of May 14, the waning gibbous moon appears about 4.5 degrees from Saturn.  The star Antares, appears 17 degrees to the upper right of Saturn.

On May 1, look for Venus near the eastern horizon, Jupiter near the western horizon and Saturn in the south.

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2017, May: Jupiter in Evening Sky

Jupiter is that bright star shining in the eastern sky after sunset, rising about 3 hours before sunset early in the month.  It is retrograding (appearing to move west compared to the starry background) into early next month.  (See our article below about Jupiter and Spica.)  On the evening of May 7, the waxing gibbous moon appears about 2.5 degrees from Jupiter with Spica about 10 degrees to the lower left of the giant planet.

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Jupiter on May 11, 2017.

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