September 14, 2015
Anyone up before dawn has probably noticed Venus shining like a brilliant beacon high in the eastern sky. For most of 2015, Venus was a bright object in the evening western sky. Last month it caught up with and passed the Earth moving roughly between the Earth and Sun. Over the past few weeks, it has moved out ahead of Earth which made it appear to rapidly climb higher and higher in the eastern morning sky.
Though not as bright as Venus, both Jupiter and Mars are also visible to the lower left of Venus. Over the next few weeks, all three planets will come into conjunction with each other [Oct 17 – Mars + Jupiter, Oct 26 – Venus + Jupiter, Nov 3 – Venus + Mars].