Update for Mars and Moon, September 5/6. See more here.
The bright gibbous moon appears near the Mars this morning as a prelude to tonight’s celestial encounter.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
The bright gibbous moon – overexposed in the image above – that is over 90% illuminated this morning appears near the planet Mars.
This evening the moon appears close to the Red Planet as they rise into the sky around 10:30 p.m.
They appear together throughout the night as the lunar orb slowly moves away from Mars.
Farther east, Venus sparkles among the dim stars of Cancer. The Gemini Twins – Castor and Pollux – are to the upper left of Earth’s Twin Planet.
Here is a daily summary about the planets during September.
Brilliant Morning Star Venus continues to shine in the eastern sky before sunrise during December. It is beginning to slip into the sun’s glare. Watch it step eastward through the stars. The December 18 conjunction with Beta Scorpii is especially impressive.
Jupiter closes in on Saturn as a prelude to the December 21, 2020 Great Conjunction. During the week look for them in the southwest after sunset. Jupiter is the brightest star in the region. Saturn is to the Jovian Giant’s upper left. Jupiter sets around 7:30 p.m. CST, about 3 hours after sunset for other locations.
The brilliant Morning Star Venus continues to shine as “that bright star” in the east-southeast before sunrise. The moon appears to be caught in the Bull’s Horns this morning as the lunar orb shines from the west-northwest. In the evening sky, Jupiter continues to waltz toward Saturn for their Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020. Mars moves eastward among the stars of Pisces in the east-southeast after sunset.