2020, May 12: Moon Joins Bright Morning Planets


Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, May 12, 2020
2020, May 12: The moon joins the morning planets, The gibbous moon is 3.1° to the lower right of Jupiter and 6.1° to the lower right of Saturn. Mars is farther east.

The moon joins the morning planets.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

This morning the gibbous moon, 19.3 days past the New phase and 72% illuminated, is 3.1° to the lower right of Jupiter and 6.1° to the lower right of Saturn.

Jupiter is inching eastward among the stars toward its Great Conjunction with Saturn on December 21, 2020. This morning they are 4.7° apart.

Mars is farther east, the Red Planet is over 32° to the left of Jupiter. It continues to march away from the giant planet pair in the south-southeast.

For more details about the morning planets, read more here.

For our daily semi-technical description of May’s planet events, click here.

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