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: 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 8: Venus Dazzles Morning Skies

Venus gleams from the eastern morning skies; it is even visible from the brightest city lights!  During the next several mornings Venus is at its brightest during this morning appearance.  While it always outshines all “stars” in the night sky, it dims slightly during its morning appearance as it moves away from our planet.

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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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2017, May: Venus in Morning Sky

Venus is the bright star in the morning sky during twilight in May 2017, rising 100 minutes before the sun in early May.  On May 1st, Venus is in its brightest phase.  While near our planet (41 million miles away), sun reflecting from its clouds make it appear exceeding bright in our sky.  It will continue to shine at its brightest through mid-month.  While moving away from our planet on a track  closer to the sun than earth, it continues to shine as the brightest “star” in our sky.

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Venus from Las Vegas, NV on May 8, 2017

Until about May 21, Venus rises in the eastern sky while Jupiter is setting in the west.  After late May, Jupiter sets before Venus rises.  So it’s best to look for both in the sky early in the month.

On May 22, the moon appears about 3 degrees from Venus.

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