Venus passes Pollux, one of the Gemini twins, in the evening twilight tonight while his brother, Castor, continues to shine slightly further to the north. Compare the view to just one week ago and see how far the planet has moved in the intervening time. It’s drawing closer to Jupiter and the planetary pair will be at their closest at the end of next month and the beginning of July.
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16:54 UT – Mercury is at inferior conjunction with the Sun. Distance to Earth: 0.549 AU. (0% illuminated, magnitude 5.7, diameter 12.2”. Taurus, not visible.)
20:52 UT – Venus appears 4.1° south of Pollux. (Venus: 54% illuminated, magnitude -4.3, diameter 21.7”. Naked eye, Gemini, evening sky. See image below.)
Asteroid 3 Juno leaves Cancer and enters Leo. (Magnitude 10.1. Evening sky.)
The constellation Scorpius (the Scorpion) culminates at midnight tonight. (Naked eye, all night. See May 23rd for map.)
The bright star Antares culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 1.0. Naked eye, Scorpius, all night. See May 23rd for map.)
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