09 December 2006
Will You Be Looking East Tomorrow Morning?
Jupiter, Mercury, and Mars will be closely grouped tomorrow morning at dawn (nice that it's December so dawn is rather late). This doesn't happen often; the last time any three planets were this close together was in 1925 and the next time it will happen is in 2053. Mars is pretty dim right now so you might need binoculars, but Jupiter and Mercury should be easy to see if it's clear and you're looking in the right direction. It's always tricky though to see anything this close to the sun. And the mountains could block the whole thing from where I am.
If you look at the moon while you're out, you'll see Saturn just below it.
And the Geminids will be peaking on Wednesday morning.