This morning, the moon approaches Jupiter and Mars as Mars closes in for its March 20 conjunction with Jupiter. Jupiter is over 12° to the lower left of the moon (22.8 days past the New Moon phase, 39% illuminated). Fast moving Mars is 1.7° to the right of Jupiter. The other planet gaps: Saturn – Mars, 8.9°; Jupiter – Saturn, 7.2°.
Once every generation, these three planets appear close together in the sky. Jupiter and Saturn are headed for their every 20-year reunion in December, in what is known as a great conjunction.
Read more about the morning planets here.