This spring, the two brightest planets will put on quite a show. Look for Venus and Jupiter in the western sky at dusk and beyond into the early evening. Venus, the brighter of the two, will be closer to the horizon, and Jupiter will be above and slightly south of Venus. You can’t miss them. They… Read More Venus and Jupiter
It is perhaps fitting that in the week after Valentine’s Day, Venus and Mars should be dancing closely in the sky. Look to the west after sunset on any clear night this week and you will see brilliantly blazing Venus joined by much dimmer (but still easily seen in the city) Mars. The animation below… Read More Venus and Mars Come Together
Skywatching: January 12-17 Venus and Mercury are putting on quite a show in the early evening sky this week. As I write this, Chicago is in the middle of a lake-effect snow band, but the forecast is for clearer skies later this week. About 45 minutes after sunset, around 5:30 pm (or as soon as… Read More Evening “Stars”
I recently posted about Venus. It’s the crazy bright light in the southwest after sunset–the “evening star” that isn’t really a star. Earthsky.org has a nice post explaining why Venus is so bright and why it reaches its peak brightness on December 6.
Venus and Nunki This week, you can’t miss Venus low in the southwestern sky as the day turns into night. It is easily visible by 5:00 pm Central time and brighter than airplanes. Your challenge, however, is to find a star that is diagonally to the upper left of Venus. It’s right at the limit of… Read More Challenge: Venus’s Neighbor
Crescent Moon and Venus The return of standard time and the ever-lengthening nights are keeping the planet Venus in view in the evening twilight. On Wednesday and Thursday, look for the crescent moon in the southwest after sunset, and Venus will be below it. The diagram below shows their relative positions on November 6 (left)… Read More Skywatching: November 6-7