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Saturday, August 31, 2013


Fathers Day Treat: The Moon, Jupiter and Mars in the Morning, 1-2 September 2013

Morning sky on Sunday September 1 looking north-east as seen from Adelaide at 5:30 am local time in South Australia. Mars, Jupiter, and Procyon form a triangle in the morning sky. The crescent Moon is close to Jupiter. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen).

If you are going to be up early on the morning on Fathers Day (for Australia) on Sunday September 1 you will see something nice.

The crescent Moon is close to Jupiter and the triangle formed by Jupiter, Mars and the bright star Procycon will be added too by the thin crescent Moon.  True, you do have to be up from around 5:30 am to 6:00am to see this.

The nice views continue for the next few days. On Monday September 2 and Tuesday September 3 the crescent Moon is close to Mars, although the Tuesday apparition will be very hard to see with the Moon close to the horizon.

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