Friday, March 30, 2018

Planets Update

Mercury is gone from the evening sky, but Venus is impressive.
In the pre-dawn sky, Mars has been "zooming" to the East and is closing in on Saturn. They will be even closer on Monday-ish.
Here is a shot from 05:45 this morning. The lines point to Saturn, on the left. Mars, in the middle, and on the right is where Mars was 10 days ago, right between the Lagoon Nebula and the Triffid Nebula. I have a picture of that too, but it is grainy.
On this shot, I drew in the Teapot of Sagittarius. To the right of the spout, open cluster M7 is quite visible with fainter M6 to its upper right.

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