May 6, 2011

Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury…and Uranus in the morning.

The “Great May Morning Planet Grouping” continues.

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This is the view for Sunday morning, May 8th looking east about 30 minutes before sunrise. Planets are, left to right, Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury within 2 degrees of each other. Sunrise is 6:38 am on Sunday morning. Go out a few minutes after 6 am and bring binoculars. For much of the coming week Jupiter, Venus and Mercury will be clustered within less than 6 degrees of each other. This conjunction of planets will become a bit easier to see, rising earlier each morning. That’s Uranus to the west (right) of the pack. You will need a telescope to view Uranus’ faint blue-gray disc.

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