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See Jupiter, Mars and Saturn in Thursday’s dawn sky

See Jupiter, Mars and Saturn in Thursday’s dawn sky


See Saturn, Mars and Jupiter line up in the southeast sky before dawn on Thursday (March 26). (Image credit: SkySafari App)

Early risers this month have been treated to an unusual celestial “pas de trois,” as the three brightest superior planets — called “superior” because they move in orbits beyond the Earth from the sun — have been changing positions relative to each other in the dawn twilight. The three planets in question are (in order of brightness), Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. 

Jupiter currently rises around 3:45 a.m. local daylight time, but is best seen, especially in telescopes, as dawn is starting to break about 2.5 hours later.  At that hour the king-sized world shines fairly low in the southeast with the Teapot of Sagittarius to its right. 





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