2018, February 2: Jupiter, Mars and Saturn


Bright Jupiter, Mars and Saturn shine during morning twilight today.

Jupiter is 6.1 degrees from Zubenelgenubi, the Southern Claw.  The planet is slowly moving eastward compared to the background stars.  It begins retrograding on March 8, passing Zubenelgenubi again in early June.

Mars is dimmer and marching to the east.  This morning it is 7.7 degrees from Antares.  Mars passes Antares on the morning of February 10.

Saturn is farther east and lower in the sky.  It is nearly 31 degrees from Mars.  Mars passes close to Saturn on April 2.  Watch Mars close in.

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

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