The bright morning planets shine in the south this morning. Mars, now well past Antares, is approaching Saturn. This morning Mars and Saturn are 8 degrees apart. During the next two weeks watch Mars close the gap and pass Saturn on April 2.
Bright Jupiter is toward the southwest, retrograding toward the star Zubenelgenubi. It moves slower and passes the star in June. This morning, they are 7.9 degrees apart.
This evening Venus, Mercury and the crescent moon appear in the western sky after sunset. See the details in the link below.
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