Venus and Mars shine from the morning sky before sunrise. Venus moves into Orion, while Mars marches eastward in Pisces.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
This morning – over 90 minutes before sunrise – brilliant Venus is on its first day of eight days touring the northern reaches of Orion, in the Hunter’s club. This morning Venus is 1.1° to the upper right of the star Chi1 Orionis (χ1 Ori on the photo) and 3.3° below Zeta Tauri (ζ Tau), the Southern Horn of Taurus. With a binocular watch Venus pass χ1 Ori and move toward Chi2 Orionis (χ2 Ori).
Through a telescope the planet’s is a thick morning crescent phase that is slightly less than half full.
Farther westward, Mars is high in the south-southeast, marching through the dim stars of Pisces. This morning it is 0.5° to the upper left of 89 Piscium (89 Psc) and 3.4° to the lower right of Mu Piscium (μ Psc).
The bright moon appears farther west in this morning sky. The moon appears with Mars on the evening of August 8 and morning of August 9.
Earth passes between Mars and the sun on October 13, 2020.
At this hour Jupiter and Saturn are below the horizon in the southwest. In the hours following sunset, look for them in the southern sky.
Here is a daily summary about the planets during August.
April 24, 2021: Brilliant Evening Star Venus and bright Mercury are entering the evening sky. They are low in the west-northwest during evening twilight. The bright moon is in the southeast in Virgo. Mars moves into Gemini as it approaches the star cluster Messier 35.
April 24, 2021: The bright gibbous moon is near a star in Virgo during the early morning. From parts of the Western Hemisphere, the moon covers the star. Before sunrise, bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.
April 23, 2021: Evening Star Venus and Mercury are entering the evening sky. They are found very low in the west-northwest after sunset. The bright moon is in the southeastern sky during the early evening. Mars is moving toward the star cluster Messier 35.