March 3, 2022: Brilliant Venus and Mars approach their third conjunction in a series. The crescent moon returns to the evening’s western sky.
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.
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.
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.
December 26, 2022: The five bright planet display continues after sunset. The moon is near Saturn. Mars passes Aldebaran.Keep reading
December 24, 2022: After sundown, the crescent moon joins the rare five-planet display with Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars.Keep reading