2017, December 12: Jupiter, Mars, and Moon

Jupiter shines brightly this morning, along with Mars and the crescent moon, overexposed in this image.  Mars is marching eastward toward a January 7 conjunction with Jupiter.  This morning they are 11.4 degrees apart.

Jupiter is approaching its first of three  conjunctions with the star Zubenelgenubi next week (December 21).

This morning’s crescent moon is 24.3 days old.  Tomorrow the moon is near Mars then it appears near Jupiter.

The articles that follow provide details about the planets visible without optical assistance (binoculars or telescope):