2017, December 16: Jupiter and Mars

Bright Jupiter and Mars shine from the southeast this morning,  The planets are 9.8 degrees apart this morning with Mars closing in on its January 7 conjunction with Jupiter.

Jupiter slowly heads eastward toward its December 21 conjunction with Zubenelgenubi, the first of three (triple conjunction) with that star.

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

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