May 6, 2011
Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury…and Uranus in the morning.
The “Great May Morning Planet Grouping” continues.
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.