UPDATE: 1/7/18 Pics:
|Two Jupiter moons are visible as is Mars. Galileo discovered the 4 main moons|
OTD in 1610
UPDATE: 1/6/18 Pics
|Bright Jupiter and red Mars will be closest 1/7/18|
Clear & cold but the solar system still moves on......
This weekend the planets Mars and Jupiter move close together, peaking in the predawn hours of January 7th, when they will be about a quarter of a degree apart and in conjunction.
Jupiter is very bright in the SE with reddish and dimmer Mars very close. Binoculars will enhance the view nicely and show the four main moons of Jupiter.
Mercury and Saturn MAY be visible very low in the SE 45 minutes before sunrise if observers have a flat and clear horizon for their viewing location. Mercury will be higher and brighter than Saturn.
Here is the celestial scene made with Simulation Curriculum Corporation's Sky Safari Plus 5.0
2018 will see the closest approach of Mars to Earth since 2003 and it will dominate our evening skies this summer - ahhhhhhhh, summer.
I will forward pics if I get any worthy of your review ;-)
Sky Guy in FROZEN VA