Closest Conjunction of Mars and Jupiter until 2018 Tonight
This Saturday morning, October 17th, Mars and Jupiter will come as close as only 0.5 degree apart, which is the closest they have appeared since July, 22 2013 and the closest they will appear until January, 7 2018. To an observer on the Earth this means they will be about one diameter of the moon apart.
The best time to observe the two planers is couple hours before sunrise. Jupiter will be the second brightest object, after Venus, and right next to it, although a bit fainter, you will spot Mars.
The planets will continue to move closer together over the following weeks and present us with the year’s closest grouping of three planers on October, 26.
Use Star Walk to find your way across the sky and stay tuned!
Based on information from EarthSky.org.