2018, March 13: Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn, The Morning Parade Moves On.


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):

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