2022, March 1:  Morning Star, Red Planet, March’s Events

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March 1, 2022:  Venus and Mars are in an eastward footrace leading up to their conjunction on March 6, 2022.  Later in the month three planets and the moon bunch together.

Chart Caption – 2022, March 1: Venus and Mars approach their second conjunction in a series of three.

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by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 6:26 a.m. CST; Sunset, 5:41 p.m. CST.  Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.

Morning Sky

SUMMARY OF PLANETS IN 2022 MORNING SKY

Five days before their third conjunction in a triple conjunction series, brilliant Venus and Mars shine from the southeast before sunrise.  The planet duo is racing eastward along the ecliptic.  Mars had a slight head start after Venus ended its retrograde on January 30.  About a week later, Mars marched passed a slow-moving Venus.  During February, Venus slowly picked up speed and it is now overtaking the Red Planet.

The triple conjunction started last summer when Venus passed Mars while they were in the western sky.  Mars disappeared behind the sun on October 7 and slowly crawled into the morning sky.

Venus completed its evening appearance and passed between Earth and Sun on January 8, zipping into the morning sky to join the Red Planet.

Venus – Mars conjunctions occur again February 22, 2024, and January 7, 2026, although this occurs when the planets appear very close to the sun.  Another triple conjunction series begins November 24, 2027, concluding with the third conjunction on September 8, 2028.

Saturn is slowly moving into the morning sky.  This morning it rises 50 minutes before the sun.  The Ringed Wonder is not yet appearing a dark sky to be easily visible.  Mercury is leaving the morning sky for its best evening appearance of the year.  Tomorrow morning, Mercury passes 0.7° from Saturn, but the pair is very low in growing twilight.  Jupiter is moving toward the morning sky, but it is still east of the sun, setting 11 minutes after sundown.

Other March Events

Full Moon (NASA Photo)

This month’s moon phases:

Moon PhaseDateTime
NewMarch 211:35 a.m. CST
First QuarterMarch 104:45 p.m. CST
FullMarch 182:18 p.m. CDT
Last QuarterMarch 2512:37 a.m. CDT

Jupiter is at its solar conjunction on March 5 and slowly enters the morning sky.

Daylight Saving Time begins March 13.

Saturn enters the morning sky later in the month.

March 28, the moon joins Venus, Mars, and Saturn before sunrise.  This is a rare grouping.

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