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Tomorrow morning, 17 August, an hour or so before sunrise look toward the eastern horizon for the planet Mars to rise with the constellation of the Gemini Twins
. Mars will be less than 5 degrees from the the star Pollux
and easily see together with Mars within the field of view of binoculars as the inset to the graphic on the right shows.
Shortly after sunrise Mars will reach an interesting position in its orbit relative to the Sun and the planet Jupiter. Both Mars and Jupiter will be at heliocentric conjunction
with each other. Both planets will be at approximately 93 degrees heliocentric longitude.
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