Early Morning Planet Show Continues

Three planets adorn the early morning sky in mid-October, with brilliant Jupiter continuing his apparent run towards an even brighter Venus. Jupiter emerged from the solar glare in the middle of September and has since been rushing to join Venus now at full brilliance. Last week Venus reached it's maximum separation from the Sun, a generous 35 degrees above the horizon. Mars, dimmest of the three planets has been dancing between the two as the distance between Jupiter and Venus dwindles.

On Saturday morning 17 Oct Jupiter will have snuggled up right next to ruddy Mars, and about a week later will have caught up with Venus and along with a gradually fading Mars to form a squat little triangle. Between 6AM and 6:30AM is a good time to check out these apparitions on mornings over the next couple of weeks. (Graphic generated using Stellarium)