In late November and throughout December, Jupiter is the brightest and most noticeable planet in the east before sunrise. Venus is below Jupiter now, rising in the east only a short while before the sun. If you don’t catch Venus in early December, you’ll likely have to wait until February 2018 to see it again. That’s when Venus will come back into view – now on the other side of the sun as seen from Earth – in the west after sunset.
Bottom line: Favorite photos from around the globe of the brightest planet Venus, which is now disappearing into the dawn. Also, Jupiter, Mars and the moon. The Venus-Jupiter conjunction was November 13, 2017.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Prior to that, she had worked for the University of Texas McDonald Observatory since 1976, and created and produced their Star Date radio series. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. In 2020, she won the Education Prize from the American Astronomical Society, the largest organization of professional astronomers in North America. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.
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