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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2017, April 23: Venus and Moon

Brilliant Venus and the moon shine from the eastern sky this morning as seen from the Chicago area. The pair is about 8 degrees apart.  During the next few weeks Venus appears at its brightest, although it rises during twilight.

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2017: Venus at Peak Brightness

For the next four weeks Venus is at its peak brightness. While rising during twilight, it gleams brightly in the eastern sky before sunrise.  Look for the crescent moon with Venus on the morning of April 23rd.

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2017, April 2: Venus in Morning Sky

Venus appears in the morning sky during twilight this morning from Fairfield County, Ohio.  During April it rapidly moves into the morning sky.  Look for it low in the eastern sky about 40 minutes before sunrise.

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