2017, November 26: Jupiter and Mars

Jupiter and Mars shine this morning  from the east-southeastern sky.  Mars is quickly moving eastward toward the slowly lumbering Jupiter.  Mars catches and passes Jupiter on January 7.  (See this article for more information about this Jupiter-Mars conjunction.)  Mars passes Spica on November 30.  This morning Mars is 18.2 degrees to the upper right of Jupiter.  Watch it slowly approach and pass Jupiter during the next several weeks.

The articles that follow provide details about the planets visible without optical assistance (binoculars or telescope):

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