Memorial Day Planets

Monday morning a slender crescent moon will join a nice alignment of planets in the pre-dawn sky. About a half hour before sunrise, a 6% illuminated crescent moon will be visible low over the eastern horizon. To it’s right will be magnitude -2.2 Jupiter. Below and left of the moon will be an even brighter Venus, shining at magnitude -3.9. Between Venus and the moon will be Mars. At magnitude 1.3, binoculars may be needed to see Mars in the pre-dawn glow. Below and to the left of Venus will be magnitude -0.8 Mercury. Although, as is often the case with the innermost planet, it’s proximity to the horizon could make it difficult to see. But it’s still a good chance to get up early and see how many planets you can spot.

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