Mars and Saturn shine from the southern skies this evening as seen in the image above. (Click the image to see it larger.) Mars is less than 2 degrees from Spica. Mars passes closest to Spica on July 12. Tonight they are about 2 degrees apart. Mars will rapidly move away from Spica and travel eastward against the starry background. By month’s end Mars and Spica are about 9 degrees apart.
Saturn is farther east between Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali. Tonight it is about 2.5 degrees from Zubenelgenubi.
See our planet outlook for this month.