2023, April 24: Morning Saturn, Evening Venus, Mars, Crescent Moon


April 24, 2023: Saturn is in the east-southeast before sunrise.  Venus, Mars, and the crescent moon continue to dance with the stars in evening’s western sky.

Photo Caption 2021, May 12: The moon is 1.2 degrees to the left of brilliant Venus.


by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 5:57 a.m. CDT; Sunset, 7:41 p.m. CDT.  Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.  Times are calculated by the U.S. Naval Observatory’s MICA computer program.

Summaries of Current Sky Events


Here is today’s planet forecast:

Morning Sky

Chart Caption – 2023, April 24: Saturn is low in the east-southeastern sky before daybreak.

Saturn appears in the east-southeastern sky before sunrise.  It rises over two hours before the sun.  By forty-five minutes before sunup, it is nearly 15° above the horizon.  It is not as bright as Venus or Jupiter, but rivals the morning’s brightest stars.

Jupiter is following Saturn into the morning sky, but it is still rising during bright twilight and not easily visible.  This morning it crosses the eastern horizon less than 20 minutes before the sun.

Evening Sky

Chart Caption – 2023, April 24: Venus and the crescent moon are in the western sky after nightfall.

Mercury is exiting the evening sky.  It is dim, setting less than an hour after sundown.  It is overtaking our planet, but on an orbital pathway that is closer to the sun.  The speedy planet passes between Earth and the central star on May 1st.

Venus, Moon, and Mars are still performing in the western sky after sunset.  Brilliant Venus is stepping eastward through Taurus and approaching the Bull’s horns.  At forty-five minutes after nightfall, the Evening Star is nearly 30° above the horizon and 7.6° below Elnath, the northern horn. 

The crescent moon, 24% illuminated, is about halfway up in the sky in the west and over 15° to the upper left of the evening star.  This evening the lunar orb appears in western Gemini, near Castor’s foot.

Chart Caption – 2023, April 24: At the end of evening twilight, Mars is below Pollux and the lunar crescent is near Castor’s foot.

At this hour Mars is over 13° to the upper left of the moon and 9.1° below Pollux. Wait until the end of evening twilight, about 90 minutes after sundown, to see Gemini’s dimmer stars.  This is likely the last evening during the waxing phases of this lunation to see Gemini’s fainter stars that outlines two stick figures. In the dimmer starfield, Mars is 3.6° to the lower right of Wasat and 5.5° to the upper left of Mebsuta.

Tomorrow evening, the moon is near Mars and Venus is closer to Elnath.



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