Don’t Miss the Morning Planets!


MORNING PLANETS: If you wake up before sunrise this weekend, look east. Three planets are preceding the sun into the dawn sky: Jupiter, Mars, and Mercury. Heiko Ulbricht sends this Saturday morning snapshot from Freital, Saxony, Germany:

“The planets and the crescent Moon were a wonderful sight this morning,” says Ulbricht. “It’s going to be a fantastic sky show in the mornings ahead as the Moon glides past the planets one after another.”

On Sunday morning, August 4, the narrowing crescent will appear to the right of Mars. On Monday morning, August 5, the Moon will pass Mercury in deep-red twilight. Binoculars might be required for the Mercury passage. Warning: Do not point the optics at the rising sun. Set your alarm for dawn and enjoy the show!


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