2018, January 4: Jupiter, Mercury, and Mars


Bright morning star Jupiter shines from the southeast this morning. It is now well past Zubenelgenubi. This morning it is 2.3 degrees from the star.

Mars is heading toward its very close conjunction with Jupiter on January 7. This morning it is about one degree from the Giant Planet.

Mercury, just past its greatest elongation, appears near the horizon.  It is still a naked eye planet.  Find a clear horizon to see it.

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

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