March 29, 2013 – Venus is conjunct the Sun! Whee! Gorgeous Evening-Star action will be coming soon!
Last year, on June 6, 2012, Venus quit her Evening Star status, passed across the face of the Sun (RARE!) and moved into her Morning Star position, rising ahead of the Sun each day. Now – after 9.5 months as a Morning Star – Venus’ orbit has taken her around behind the Sun (as shown above, in a view not visible to the naked eye). Now, from our Earthly perspective, the two are in line. Conjunct.
Over the coming weeks, Venus continues in her orbit, moving onward, right-to-left, counterclockwise behind the Sun, getting further to the left/east of the Sun, as seen by us Earthlings. That means Venus comes back into view as an Evening Star. She’ll be visible again in mid-May. Here’s some up-coming 2013 Venus-coolness:
- Mid-May: Evening Star Venus becomes visible. Not a specific date, so just watch… this will be Venus’ heliacal setting* reappearance.
- May 26: Venus, Mercury and Jupiter form a tight triangle of mutual conjunctions, (hopefully) visible in the western sky just after sunset.
- June 10: Mercury, Venus and a very slim New Crescent Moon, low in the WNW at sunset.
- June 20: Summer Solstice, AND Sun conjunct Jupiter, AND Venus and Mercury conjunct near Gemini’s Castor and Pollux.
– from Renna Shesso
* The heliacal setting is when a celestial object first becomes visible just after sunset in the western sky.