Venus sparkles in the southeastern sky this morning as seen from the Chicago area. (Click the images to see them larger.) It continues as the bright Morning Star. Later this month, reaches its greatest separation from the sun.
Meanwhile, Mars shines in the southwestern sky near the star Spica. This morning Mars is 6 degrees to the upper left of Spica. Mars is moving westward (retrograde) compared to the starry background. Later in the month, Mars passes Spica as it retrogrades.
Our posts about the planets this month: