Three Amigos!

   Over the past few weeks and into the next couple of weeks the trio of planets in the eastern skies before sunrise continue to move in their respective orbits and at their respective orbital speeds. If any of that makes sense, or if you, like me, have been noticing the planets in the east then you know what is coming. Venus moves faster than Mars and Jupiter and so Venus will pass by Jupiter coming the closest on the 25th-26th, and then catch up with Mars on the 2nd-3rd of November. A few days past that and the thinning waning crescent Moon passes by Jupiter and Venus/Mars.
   The slide show below is set to one-day intervals at 5 am CDT (24 UT).

I have also have been following the planets, including Mercury and have posted a series of pictures on a separate page. Click here to go to that page.

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Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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