Jupiter shines brightly this morning, along with Mars and the crescent moon, overexposed in this image. Mars is marching eastward toward a January 7 conjunction with Jupiter. This morning they are 11.4 degrees apart.
Jupiter is approaching its first of three conjunctions with the star Zubenelgenubi next week (December 21).
This morning’s crescent moon is 24.3 days old. Tomorrow the moon is near Mars then it appears near Jupiter.
The articles that follow provide details about the planets visible without optical assistance (binoculars or telescope):
- Chart and Image Collection
- 2018: The Morning Sky
- 2018: The Evening Sky
- 2018, January 7: Jupiter-Mars Conjunction
- 2018, February 10: Mars-Antares Conjunction
- 2018, March 18: Venus, Mercury and the Moon
- 2018, April 2: Saturn-Mars Conjunction
- 2018: Mercury in the Morning Sky
- 2018: Mercury in the Evening Sky
- 2018: Five Planets Visible at Once
- 2018: Venus the Evening Star
- 2017-2019: Mars Observing Year with a Perihelic Opposition, July 27, 2018
- 2018: Mars Perihelic Opposition
- 2017-2018: Jupiter’s Year in the Claws of the Scorpion, A Triple Conjunction
- 2018: Three Planets at Opposition in 79 days
- 2018: Saturn with the Teapot