With a waning gibbous moon in the south, bright Jupiter and Mars shine from the eastern sky this morning as seen from the Chicago area. (Click the image to see it larger.) Jupiter is in front of the stars of Gemini with its bright stars Castor and Pollux nearby. Mars is in front of the dim constellation Cancer, 30 degrees to the lower left of Jupiter. Regulus (Leo) is 13 degrees below Mars.
Mars is rapidly moving eastward in its orbital motion around the sun. It passes about 1 degree from Regulus in October 15.
For this month’s sky summary, click here.