The morning planets shine in a partly cloudy sky this morning, Bright Jupiter appears in the south-southwest 8 degrees from the star Zubenelgenubi. Jupiter passes that star in June as the planet retrogrades. Mars passed Jupiter in January.
Looking eastward past Antares is Mars as it approaches Saturn. Mars passes the Ringed Wonder on April 2. This morning, Mars is 10.5 degrees from Saturn. Watch Mars close the gap during the 3 weeks.
These three planets join Venus in the evening sky later in the summer.
The articles that follow provide details about the planets visible without optical assistance (binoculars or telescope):
- Chart and Image Collection
- 2018: The Morning Sky
- 2018: The Evening Sky
- 2018, March 18: Venus, Mercury and the Moon
- 2018, April 2: Saturn-Mars Conjunction
- 2018: Mercury in the Morning Sky
- 2018: Mercury in the Evening Sky
- 2018: Five Planets Visible at Once
- 2018: Venus the Evening Star
- 2017-2019: Mars Observing Year with a Perihelic Opposition, July 27, 2018
- 2018: Mars Perihelic Opposition
- 2017-2018: Jupiter’s Year in the Claws of the Scorpion, A Triple Conjunction