Morning Harvest Moon, Jupiter, Saturn Bookend Moon

Picture Caption – Scenic view of seaside throughout daybreak (Picture by Alex Montes on


by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Chicago, Illinois:  Dawn, 6:45 a.m. CDT; Sundown, 6:36 p.m. CDT.  Verify native sources for dawn and sundown occasions. Instances are calculated by the US Naval Observatory’s MICA laptop program.

Summaries of Present Sky Occasions
Abstract for Venus as a Morning Star, 2023-24

Right here is at this time’s planet forecast:

Morning Sky

Picture Caption – 2023, August 30: Perigee Blue Moon (Picture by Tim S.)

Over three hours earlier than dawn, the intense Harvest supermoon hangs within the western sky. Saturn is lower than 10° above the west-southwest horizon as Venus rises within the east.  The hole continues to widen as Venus steps eastward towards Regulus, Leo’s brightest star, and Saturn retrogrades.  This morning the separation is sort of 170°.

The Venus-Saturn opposition happens October 10th and the 2 planets don’t seem within the sky on the identical time once more till April.

The moon is on the Full moon part at 4:57 a.m. CDT. By an hour earlier than dawn, the lunar orb is about 10° up within the western sky, almost 40° to the decrease proper of brilliant Jupiter.

Chart Caption – 2023, September 29: Jupiter is within the west-southwest earlier than dawn.

The starfield behind the Jovian Large is troublesome to see on this moonlight.  The planet is retrograding towards Aries, 13.1° to the left of Hamal, the constellation’s brightest star, 11.2° to the higher proper of Menkar, Cetus’ nostril, and almost 17° beneath the Pleiades star cluster, a part of Taurus.

A binocular could be wanted to see Alcyone, the brightest Pleiad, and Menkar.

The planet present, this morning, is with Venus and Mercury within the japanese sky.  At forty-five minutes earlier than dawn, the Morning Star is 30° above the east-southeast horizon.  It outshines all different starlike our bodies within the sky.

Chart Caption – 2023, September 29: Venus, Mercury, and Regulus are within the japanese sky throughout morning twilight.

Venus is stepping eastward in entrance of Leo, 8.5° to the higher proper of Regulus.  Use a binocular to see Omicron Leonis (ο Leo on the chart), 2.2° to the decrease left of Venus.  The Venus-Omicron conjunction happens October 2 adopted by the Venus-Regulus conjunction per week later.

Vivid Mercury is over 6° above the horizon and 20.5° to the decrease left of Regulus.  The planet is retreating into brilliant morning twilight.   It’s seen to the unaided eye, though a binocular helps with the preliminary identification.  The largest problem to discovering the planet is a terrestrial impediment in Mercury’s path. An elevated construction or hilltop helps with a clearer view.

Mercury continues to brighten, however it seems decrease within the sky every morning.  This morning the speedy planet rises eighty minutes earlier than dawn and loses two to 3 minutes of rising time every day in comparison with dawn.  In per week, it rises lower than an hour forward of the solar.

Night Sky

Picture Caption – 2007, December 1: Late winter within the northern hemisphere reveals clouds above the northern polar cap and a few above the southern cap. (NASA Picture)

Mars continues in a slow-motion slide into brilliant twilight.  The Pink Planet is dimmer than could be anticipated, setting lower than forty minutes after the solar.

Chart Caption – 2023, September 29: Saturn and the moon are within the japanese sky an hour after sundown.

One evening after the Harvest supermoon, the lunar orb rises within the east lower than twenty minutes after sunset. By an hour after sundown, it’s lower than 10° up within the east.

Saturn is over 20° up within the southeast, almost 45° to the higher proper of the intense moon.  The Ringed Marvel is south 4 hours after sunset.  Tomorrow morning over three hours earlier than dawn, the planet is low within the west-southwest as Venus rises.

Chart Caption – 2023, September 29: Two hours after sunset, Jupiter is low within the japanese sky, to the decrease left of the intense moon.

Vivid Jupiter rises lower than two hours after sundown, with the moon almost 30° to its higher proper.  As midnight approaches, the planet is within the east-southeastern sky after which within the west-southwest tomorrow morning.



  • 2023, October 20: Jupiter’s Double Shadows, Mercury at Superior Conjunction

    October 20: After midnight, Jupiter’s moons’ shadows dance throughout the cloud tops.  Mercury is at superior conjunction.

  • 2023, October 19: Poured Moon, See Planet Uranus

    October 19: Sagittarius appears to pour the moon into the sky this night.  Discover Uranus with a binocular.

  • 2023, October 18: Moon-Antares Conjunction, Vivid Planets

    October 18, 2023: The moon is close to Antares after sundown.  Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are within the sky throughout the nighttime hours.

  • 2023, October 17: Scorpion Moon

    October 17, 2023: The crescent moon is with Scorpius throughout night twilight.  Venus and Jupiter gleam from the predawn sky.

  • 2023, October 16: Venus in Starry Conjunction

    October 16, 2023:  Venus passes a star in Leo earlier than dawn.  A crescent moon is low within the western sky throughout night twilight.


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