Mars-Moon-Venus Together

   This morning, Wednesday, you may have noticed a thin crescent Moon up to the right (west) from a very bright star-like object. That is the planet Venus shining with an apparent Magnitude of -4.49. What you may not have noticed is a reddish star off to the left (east) from Venus. That is the planet Mars, ‘shining’ with an apparent magnitude of 1.78.
   On Thursday morning September 10th watch for the even thinner, and 1-day older, waning crescent Moon to have moved eastward to the east side of Venus where it is in between Venus and Mars. This should make for an interesting picture, or at the least a striking view through binoculars. And as this graphic shows, at around 6:15 pm local time the planet Jupiter appears at the horizon as it rises into the morning skies. Jupiter, for comparison, shines with an apparent magnitude of -1.7.


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.