This evening, under a nearly full moon, brilliant Venus shines from the western sky. It is 2.2° to the upper right of Uranus. All week Venus has been moving toward the more distant planet. This evening they appear closest.
If you look closely at the image, Uranus is present. Use a binocular to locate the dimmer planet in the sky. Tomorrow evening Venus is farther to the upper right of Uranus.
Venus is also moving toward the brightest three stars in Aries. As Venus heads eastward through the stars, it does not pass closely to them. The brightest star in Aries, Hamal, is labelled in the above image.
Here’s more information about Venus this week and its place compared to Uranus and Aries.
This evening brilliant Venus is 2.7° to the lower right of Uranus. Venus continues to move farther into Aries near the three bright stars of the constellation. Hamal, the brightest, is to the upper right of Venus.
Use a binocular to see the dim bluish planet that resembles a star, even with slight optical magnification.
Under the brightness of a First Quarter phase moon, Venus gleams brilliantly in the west. This week this bright planet approaches and passes the planet Uranus. This evening Venus is 6.3° to the lower right of Uranus. Use a binocular to locate Uranus in the star field.
Venus passes to the right of Uranus. The separation is about 2.3°, about one-third of tonight’s separation.
This morning Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars – the Bright Outer Planets – stretch across the southeastern sky. The gap between Saturn and Mars is 17.9°. Mars is 9.4° to the upper right of Jupiter. Jupiter is 8.5° to the upper right of Saturn
In the starfield Jupiter and Mars are in front of the stars of Sagittarius. Jupiter is 3.7° to the lower left of Phi Sagittarii. Mars is 3.8° to the upper right of Nunki and 4.1° to the left of Kaus Borealis.
Mars marches eastward compared to the starry background. It catches and passes Jupiter on March 20 and Saturn, March 31.
In two mornings, March 4, Jupiter is nearly midway between Mars and Saturn as Mars closes the gaps on the planetary pair.