2018: January 1: Jupiter, Mercury and Mars

On this New Year’s morning bright Morning Star Jupiter shines from the southeast with Mars nearby. Mars is 1.8 degrees from Jupiter and heading for a very close conjunction in six days.

Over a week ago, Jupiter passed Zubenelgenubi for the first conjunction of three (triple conjunction) during this appearance.  The second conjunction is June 2.

Mars is marching eastward compared to the starry background.  Just a month ago it passed Spica, now 20 degrees to Mars’ upper right.

Meanwhile, Mercury reaches is greatest elongation today low in the southeastern sky,  Mercury passes Saturn on January 13.  Find a clear horizon to see them together.

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