Tonight – February 28, 2018 – if you’re a night owl, staying up until midnight or later, you might catch the waning gibbous moon and red planet Mars climbing above your horizon. The early bird has the big advantage over the night owl, though, because the moon and Mars will be much higher up in the sky during the predawn and dawn hours on February 29.
Then, as darkness gives way to dawn, you might catch the planet Venus coming up shortly before the sun. At mid-northern latitudes, Venus rises an hour or less before the sun. Click here for recommended almanacs; they can help you find out Venus’ rising time in your sky.
If you’re up before dawn, draw an imaginary line from Mars through Saturn to locate Venus’ approximate rising point on the horizon. Given a level horizon, look for Venus to climb into the sky some 60 to 45 minutes before sunrise.
For the next few nights, the waning gibbous moon and Mars light up the nighttime from late night until dawn.