Through a thin veil of clouds the Morning Planets shine in the southeastern sky during early morning twilight as seen from the Chicago area this morning. Brilliant Venus outshines all other celestial objects and is easily located. (Click the image to see it larger.) Elusive Mercury appears near the horizon, about 7 degrees to the lower left of Venus. If you’re looking for Mercury during the next few mornings, try during early morning twilight and find a clear horizon.
Saturn is about 19 degrees to the upper right of Venus with Spica (Virgo) higher toward the south, over 30 degrees to the upper right of Venus.