2020, April 16: Moon Passes Mars and Morning Planets

The moon is near Mars as it passes the morning planets, April 16, 2020.

2020, April 16: The moon is 3.8° to the lower left of Mars. The morning planets span 15.1°.

This morning the three bright morning planets – Jupiter, Saturn and Mars – stretch across the southeastern morning sky. The moon is 3.8° to the lower left of Mars.

In the image above, the moon is overexposed. It is 23.0 days past its New phase and 36% illuminated, a thick waning crescent.

The morning planets, Jupiter to Mars, span 15.1°. The Jupiter – Saturn gap is 5.4°.

This article has more about the morning planets during April 2020.

Mars is moving away from Jupiter and Saturn, as Jupiter slowly inches toward Saturn for a December 21, 2020 Great Conjunction.

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