Monday, October 26, 2015

Triple Planetary Conjunction

The planets Venus, Jupiter, and Mars have been close-dancing around the morning sky the past week. This morning Venus and Jupiter were very close, with Mars just off to the left. Unfortunately I was not quite early enough to catch all three in the Mt. Lemmon sky cam. The above image is from 5:55 am MST and shows Venus and Jupiter on the east (left) side of image. But Mars is lost in the light from the about-to-rise sun. This unusual show will continue through the week, but viewing conditions will likely be deteriorating as the week progresses. Thanks to Carl Hergenrother for sending links for the nearby observatories - I'll share these when I get a chance.

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