Follow the Arc to Spica and Venus

   During the hour or so before the Sun rises, the inner planet Venus will shine brightly over the eastern horizon. Over the next several days Venus will be in a close conjunction with the blue-white star Spica in the constellation Virgo the Harvest Maiden. Venus will pass within 1-2o from Spica. Venus is unmistakable with an apparent magnitude of -4.7, and for comparison Spica has an apparent magnitude of 0.98, which is bright but not bright like Venus!

   The animated graphic shows the sky at 6 am CST from November 12th to November 17th. The first graphic shows the connection between the stars of the Big Dipper, the curved handle, aka the “arc”, and the stars Arcturus and Spica.

   Follow the arc to Arcturus, then speed to Spica.”

    Dwarf Planet Ceres is shown but with an apparent 8th> would require optical assistance to be visible. Reddish Arcturus in Bootes the Herdsman has an apparent magnitude of -0.07 and is certainly visible.

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1 thought on “Follow the Arc to Spica and Venus

  1. First lol
    I noticed that Venus looked to be close
    Phone app confirmed it is indeed
    Great view this morning in
    Northern Alberta clear and no light for


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