Mars, Venus, and the moon: An early morning mid-October trio

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Early risers will get a nice treat the mornings of October 16 and 17, 2017. Venus appears in the eastern sky next to the moon both mornings about an hour before sunrise, which will be around 7:17 a.m. both mornings. Mars will be visible too but much fainter than Venus and the moon, making it tougher to see. To see Mars, it’s best to look in the eastern sky about 90 minutes before sunrise.

The bow of the waning crescent moon points in the direction of sunrise and also the path the moon will take in the night sky over the next several nights. It will sweep by Mars and Venus, becoming a new moon on October 19. 2017. At that point, the moon shifts from the morning to the evening sky.


Locally, clouds may make the trio difficult to see on October 16, 2017 but you’ll have a much better shot with clear skies expected the morning of October 17.



– Meteorologist Pierce Legeion

Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.


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