A Case Of Conjunction-Itis / Mars Dust Storm Global But Weakening

Over the next week, the waxing and then waning moon will pass three bright planets — Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. First to get a visit will be Jupiter both tonight and tomorrow night (June 23). Saturn follows on June 27 and Mars on the 30th. The moon moves faster across the sky because it’s so…
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Moon, Mars, Saturn Come Together At Dawn

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…
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Two Eggs In A Basket — Mars And Saturn Double Up At Dawn

While we’ve all been waiting for China’s space station to fall, Mars has been sneaking up on Saturn. Have you early-risers noticed this? The two bright planets huddled in the cold dawn just 1.3° apart this morning. Even bright moonlight couldn’t compromise the striking sight. Tomorrow (April 2) they’ll be closest at 1.2° shining together…
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Exquisite Moon-Venus-Mercury Conjunction Sunday Night

I feel like the chamber of commerce for the current apparition of Venus and Mercury. I can’t help it. Usually, you’ll see one or the other at dusk or dawn, but the two have been paired up low in the western sky for more than week. For anyone who’s never seen Mercury, this will be…
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Jupiter And The Moon So Close, Yet So Far Apart

If you’re up really early tomorrow (about 1 a.m.), you’ll see the waning gibbous moon paired up with Jupiter in the southeastern sky. The two will about 3° apart, so eye-catching to be sure. You’ll also see them a few hours later at dawn, when they’ll float higher in the southern sky. Conjunctions are both…
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