2022, March 3:  Morning Star, Red Planet, Evening Crescent 

March 3, 2022:  Brilliant Venus and Mars approach their third conjunction in a series.  The crescent moon returns to the evening’s western sky. 

2022, March 3: Venus and Mars near their third conjunction in a triple conjunction series. They are in the southeast before sunrise.
Chart Caption – 2022, March 3: Venus and Mars near their third conjunction in a triple conjunction series. They are in the southeast before sunrise.

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by Jeffrey L. Hunt 

Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 6:22 a.m. CST; Sunset, 5:44 p.m. CST.  Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.  

Morning Sky 

SUMMARY OF PLANETS IN 2022 MORNING SKY

In three mornings, brilliant Venus passes Mars.  Morning star Venus is over 15° above the southeast horizon during morning twilight. The planet is the brightest “star” in the sky and easily mistaken for airplane lights. 

Dimmer Mars is 4.8° to the lower right of brilliant Venus. 

Venus passes 4.4° from Mars on conjunction morning. 

 Evening Sky 

2022, March 3: The thin crescent moon is in the west after sunset.
Chart Caption – 2022, March 3: The thin crescent moon is in the west after sunset.

The crescent moon returns to the evening sky.  It is a very slim crescent, in the west at 45 minutes after sunset.  The lunar slice is only 1.3 days old, after the New phase, and 2% illuminated.  Look for it about 5° above the horizon at this hour. 

Tomorrow evening the phase is thicker and the crescent is higher in the western sky. 

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