2018, March 9: Moon Joins the Morning Planet Parade


The last quarter moon (overexposed in the image) joins the morning planet parade this morning.  The moon is 7 degrees from Mars which is marching eastward toward Saturn, 12.6 degrees to the left of Mars.  Mars passes this ringed wonder April 2.

Bright Jupiter is farther west near the two bright stars in Libra (Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali).  Yesterday, Jupiter stopped moving eastward compared  to the starry background.  This morning, it is 7.9 degrees from Zubenelgenubi.  Watch Jupiter move westward  and close the gap during the next few months.  It passes the star in early June.

While overexposed in the top image. The moon takes some clarity in this image.

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

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