[AZ-Observing] Planets in morning sky Saturday thru Monday

  • From: Joe Orman <joe.orman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: AZ-Observing mailing list <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 17:12:10 -0800 (PST)

Set your alarm clock for this naked-eye observing challenge -- Jupiter, Mercury 
and Mars will be very close together low in the east-southeast in twilight the 
next three mornings.  The star Beta Scorpii will be in there too.  Look about 
6:30 a.m.; binoculars will help.  On Sunday morning also look for Saturn, the 
Moon, and Regulus high in the southwest.
   
  Here's the description from my Sky events Almanac:
  http://joeorman.shutterace.com/Almanac2006.html
  December 9 (morning): Mercury, Mars and Jupiter form triangle within 1.5 
degrees, very low in SE before sunrise. Mercury 0.2 degrees above Jupiter on 
December 10. Mars 0.8 degrees to lower right of Jupiter on December 11. 
December 10 (morning): Saturn 1 degree to lower right of gibbous Moon, bright 
star Regulus 5 degrees to left, very high in SW before sunrise. 
   
  skymaps:
  http://spaceweather.com/images2006/09dec06/skymap_north.gif
  http://spaceweather.com/images2006/10dec06/skymap_north.gif
  http://spaceweather.com/images2006/11dec06/skymap_north.gif
   
  --Joe
   
  Joe Orman's Photo Pages:
  http://joeorman.shutterace.com/Gallery.html
   

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