March 4, 2022: Two mornings, before their second conjunction of three, brilliant Venus and Mars, are in the southeast before sunrise. The thin evening moon is visible in the west-southwest after sunset.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
Chicago, Illinois: Sunrise, 6:21 a.m. CST; Sunset, 5:45 p.m. CST. Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.
In two mornings, brilliant Venus passes Mars. Today at 45 minutes before sunrise, Morning star Venus is about 15° above the southeast horizon. The Red Planet is 4.7° to the lower right of the brilliant planet.
A binocular may be necessary to be sure that you are seeing Mars. Both planets fit into a binocular field of view.
A thin crescent moon is visible in the west-southwest after sunset. The lunar slice is over 16° above the west-southwest horizon at 45 minutes after sunset. The phase is slim, only 6% illuminated. The moon is among the dim stars of Cetus, the Sea Monster.
Use a binocular to see earthshine on the moon. This is reflected sunlight from Earth’s oceans, clouds, and land that gently illuminates the night portion of the lunarscape.
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