Bright Jupiter shines from the southern skies this morning at 5:30 a.m. CST as seen from the Chicago area. (Click the image to see it larger.) Jupiter is gently moving eastward compared to the background stars of Gemini with its background stars Castor and Pollux.
Meanwhile, Mars is in the eastern sky quickly moving eastward compared to its sidereal background of Leo with its bright stars Regulus and Denebola.
The two planets are now over 50 degrees apart and difficult to photograph in the same frame.
Read more about the planets this month.