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2020, November 19: Moon with Saturn, Jupiter. Mars in East.

Jupiter and Saturn, November 11, 2020

2020, November 11: Jupiter is over 23° up in the south-southwest. Saturn is 4.1° to Jupiter’s upper left. The giant planet pair is near 56 Sgr. Jupiter is 3.1° to the lower right of the star, while Saturn is 2.4° to the star’s lower left. Jupiter is 2.5° to the upper left of 50 Sgr.

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2020, November 19: The crescent moon is 5,4° to the lower left of Saturn, while Jupiter is 3.3° to the lower right of the Ringed Wonder.

November 19, 2020:  The thick crescent moon is to the lower left of Saturn this evening.  Jupiter continues to close the gap to Saturn as their Great Conjunction approaches on December 21, 2020.  Mars is in the eastern sky among the dim stars of Pisces.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

The crescent moon, November 19, 2020

Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 6:46 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:26 p.m. CST.  Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.

2020, November 19: The crescent moon is 5,4° to the lower left of Saturn, while Jupiter is 3.3° to the lower right of the Ringed Wonder.

This evening the crescent moon – nearly 30% illuminated – is in the south-southwest, 5.4° to the  lower left of Saturn.  The Jupiter – Saturn gap has been reduced to 3.3°. Jupiter is to the lower right of Saturn.

2020, November 19: After sunset, Mars is in the east-southeast, 2.8° to the lower right of Epsilon Piscium (ε Psc) and 2.9° to the lower left of Delta Piscium (δ Psc).

Farther eastward, Mars is over one-third of the way up in the sky in the east-southeast, near the stars Epsilon Piscium (ε Psc on the chart) and Delta Piscium (δ Psc).  The stars are dimmer than Mars and nearly form an equilateral triangle with the planet.  A binocular helps see the planet in the starfield.  Mars is 2.8° to the lower right of ε Psc and 2.9° to the lower left of δ Psc.

2020, November 19: After sunset, Mars is in the east-southeast, 2.8° to the lower right of Epsilon Piscium (ε Psc) and 2.9° to the lower left of Delta Piscium (δ Psc).

For more about Mars during November, see this article.

Detailed note: Saturn is 60° east of the sun.  Find it near the crescent moon (4.8d, 28%), one hour after sunset. The moon is over 22° up in the south-southwest, 5.4° to the lower left of Saturn.  The Jupiter – Saturn gap is 3.3°.  The planetary duo’s place in the triangle with 56 Sgr continues to change each evening.  This evening Saturn is 2.8° to the left of the star, while Jupiter is 2.1° below.  Jupiter is 3.4° above 52 Sgr.  Farther east, Mars is nearly 32° in altitude in the east-southeast, 2.8° to the lower right of ε Psc and 2.9° to the lower left of δ Psc.

For more about the Great Conjunction, read our feature article. This is the closest Jupiter – Saturn conjunction since 1623.

Read more about the planets during November.

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2022, January 5:  Jupiter – Evening Moon, Morning Mars

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2022, January 4: Earth at Perihelion

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2022, January 3: Venus – Moon Conjunction

January 3, 2022:  The moon passes Venus for the final time of this evening appearance of Venus.  As night falls, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter are visible in the southwest.  Mars is in the southeast before sunrise.

2021, December 30:  Sirius at Midnight

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