Although Mars and Saturn have parted, they’re still within earshot of each other, separated by less than 3° tomorrow morning (April 7). At the same time, the last quarter moon joins the scene, passing just 1° north of Saturn to make a bright threesome.
Saturn’s rings are in full tilt and show clearly in a small telescope. If the atmosphere’s not too turbulent, the gap between the A and B rings called Cassini’s Division is visible in a 4-inch telescope magnifying about 100x. You’ll also see the planet’s brightest moons Titan (magnitude 8.7) and 10th magnitude Rhea (RAY-uh).
Mars looks like a tiny, pink gibbous moon. If the air is VERY steady, meaning the planet will look still and sharp, you can up your magnification to 200x or higher and maybe see a few dark surface markings. While getting brighter and closer, Mars has a ways to go yet before it really takes center stage. That will happen later this summer.