Mars and Jupiter get close

Over the next few days Mars and Jupiter come close together in the early morning sky. The closest approach is on the morning of the 20th March, when Mars will be approx 43” south of Jupiter. The picture below shows the two planets at 05:00GMT.

Jupiter and Mars on the morning of March 20th 2020 at 05:00GMT

Also note that they are very low in the sky. Less than 10 degrees above the horizon! Sunrise over the next few days is shortly after 06:00GMT So you’ve got a bit of time to see them.

They should make a nice pairing in a small scope of binoculars.

Clear skies.

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