April 8, 2021: In the evening sky, Mars approaches the Bull’s horns in the western sky after sunset. The planet is now higher than Betelgeuse, Orion’s second brightest star.
April 7, 2021: Bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise. The moon is low in the southeast, to the lower right of Jupiter. Find a clear horizon to see it. Today daylight is 13 long from Chicago’s latitude. After sunset, find Mars about halfway up in the west, below the Bull’s horns.
April 5, 2021: The thick crescent moon, Saturn, and Jupiter are lined up in the southeastern sky this morning. Mars is in Taurus after sunset.
April 4, 2021: This morning the Last Quarter moon is near Sagittarius. Jupiter and Saturn are moving eastward in Capricornus. During the evening, Mars is marching eastward through Taurus, below the Bull’s horns.
April 3, 2021: Before sunrise, the bright gibbous moon is near the top of the lid of the Teapot of Sagittarius. Farther east, Jupiter and Saturn are in front of the stars of Capricornus. In the evening, Mars continues its eastward march in Taurus. It is between Aldebaran and Elnath this evening.
March 31, 2021: Arcturus rises at sunset and can be found low in the east-northeast an hour later. Mars marches eastward in front of the stars of Taurus. The bright gibbous moon rises low in the east-southeast near midnight.
March 30, 2021: The bright moon is in the southwest before sunrise, to the upper left of Spica. Saturn and Jupiter are low in the southeastern sky. After sunset, Mars is in the west-southwest in front of Taurus. The gibbous moon is low in the southeast, near Zubenelgenubi, four hours after sunset.
March 29, 2021: Mars is in the west-southwest after sunset, above the “V” of Taurus. The moon is low in the eastern sky about two hours after sunset.
March 28, 2021: The Worm Moon is in the east after sunset. Farther west, Mars marches eastward in Taurus. Use a binocular to see dimmer stars in the bright moonlight.
March 27, 2021: Jupiter and Saturn are the bright morning planets in the southeast before sunrise. In the evening, the nearly full moon’s light nearly washes away the dimmer stars. It is in front of the stars of Virgo and to the lower left of Leo. Mars continues its eastward march in Taurus. Find the Red Planet in the west after sunset.