2020, March 31: Saturn – Mars Conjunction

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March 31, 2020: Before sunrise look for Mars 0.9° to the lower right of Saturn. Bright Jupiter is to their upper right.

March 31, 2020 is the Saturn – Mars conjunction!

One hour before sunrise, Mars, 16° up in the southeast is 0.9° to the lower right of Saturn. Bright Jupiter is to the upper right of Saturn and Mars.

The trio of planets – Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars – span 6.1°.  This is the closest the three planets have appeared in the sky since April 14, 2000.

The Mars – Saturn gap grows after the conjunction: Apr 1, 1°; Apr 2, 1.4°; Apr 3, 1.9°; Apr 4, 2.5°; Apr 5, 3.1°; Apr 6, 3.7°; Apr 7, 4.3°; Apr 8, 5.0°.

Below is the view on March 30, 2020, the day before the conjunction,

2020, March 30: Mars is 1.2° to the lower right of Saturn.

Link to summary of March 2020 planetary activity.



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