Bright Jupiter, Mars, and a crescent moon, overexposed in the image above, shine from the eastern sky this morning as seen from the Chicago area. (Click the image to see it larger.) Jupiter is in front of the stars of Gemini with its bright stars Castor and Pollux nearby.
Mars is over 30 degrees to the lower left of Jupiter and shines from the stars of Leo with its bright star Regulus. The planet passes the star in mid-October as Mars continues its rapid eastward orbital motion.
Meanwhile, Betelgeuse and Rigel, Orion’s brightest stars shine from the southern sky. The Dog Star Sirius appears to the lower left of Orion.
For this month’s sky summary, click here.