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10/29/2021 – Ephemeris – Venus is at its greatest separation east from the Sun today

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This is Ephemeris for Friday, October 29th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 18 minutes, setting at 6:35, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:18. The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 1:39 tomorrow morning.

Tonight, Venus will be at its greatest separation east of the Sun of 47 angular degrees. Having an orbit inside the Earth’s orbit, Venus never strays more than a 47-degree angle from the Sun. It has been moving away from around behind the Sun to its present position since March 26th. That’s 217 days. And now it will take only 72 days to head back to pass between the Earth and the Sun in inferior conjunction and leave the evening sky on January 9th. For this next 70 or so days, Venus will look great in telescopes. It will get larger as it approaches us and become a dazzling crescent in telescopes. Toward the latter half of December, the tiny crescent can even be made out in binoculars. It is the very best time to view Venus in a telescope.

The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hours). They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Venus greatest elongation 7 pm 10/29/2021

Venus at greatest elongation, seen at 7 pm tonight, October 29, 2021. Note how shallow the orbit is compared with Mercury’s orbit was on Monday’s (10/25/2021) post of Mercury’s greatest western elongation as seen in the morning. Created using Stellarium.