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Venus and Jupiter on November 24th at conjunction soon after sunset. Venus is to the lower left. This was photographed at a parking lot to a restaurant in Clarksville, TN next to the Cumberland River.

Our evening sky, from December 8th through December 14th, 3 hours after sunset. Full Moon on the 12th. Geminid Meteor Shower on the night of the 13th. The light of the nearly full Moon will make the fainter meteors harder to see. However, the Geminids are noted for their many fireballs! Best shower of the year! Bundle-up!!

Venus in the Evening Sky from 2019 to 2020

Venus has returned to the evening sky!

Venus will stay with us after sunset from September-October 2019, through May 2020.

Venus will reach inferior conjunction on June 3rd of next year, and thus, return to the morning sky in June.

Mercury will appear three times above the horizon during this time period with the first appearance occurring this October.

Jupiter and Saturn can be seen approaching the southwestern horizon from October through January.

You will note that Jupiter and Saturn will both travel in a straight line. Mercury and Venus will not!

Venus will exhibit various phases of illumination, as the months progress, much like the Moon, with Venus reaching less than 10 percent illumination (crescent phase) in May 2020.

All animations are set for exactly 30 minutes after sunset.