A gleaming planet named for the Roman goddess of love and beauty will meet up this week with the gas giant Saturn in their closest conjunction since 2013.
According to EarthSky.org, Venus and the ringed-planet Saturn, which is named for the god of agriculture, will “all but kiss” on Saturday morning as they appear just a sliver apart from each other in the early morning sky.
Look east to see the conjunction. It’s the closest the two have been since March 22, 2013, according to EarthSky.
Venus is the brightest planet in our night sky, easily visible as it’s covered in highly reflective clouds. It’s the third brightest object in the sky following the sun and the moon.
In the coming days, watch also for the star Antares to climb into the morning sky. Antares is a bright reddish star in the constellation Scorpius.
Earlier in the evening, look for Sirius, the dog star to be rising in the east. I’ve noticed it the past several nights at about 7:30 p.m. It literally sparkles and I swear I’ve seen green and blue hues.
As an aside, last night I saw the most amazing fireball at about the same time. I think it was one of the Quadrantids. It lasted several seconds long as it sailed across Orion’s belt with a long trailing fiery tail.
If you see anything like that, please log it at the American Meteor Society’s website.