Both planets are up after midnight now, but soon will be rising earlier … at their best. Enjoy these photos from the EarthSky community!
See the 2 bright lights just under the moon, on either side of it? They are Mars and Saturn. The fainter star below is really one of the brightest stars in the sky, Antares in the constellation Scorpius. Planets and moon on March 29, 2016 from Nikolaus Pantazis in Vouliaagmeni, Greece.
Planets and moon on March 29, 2016 from Karl Diefenderfer in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
Planets and moon on March 29, 2016 from Tom Wildoner in Weatherly, Pennsylvania.
Notice where these shots are taken. You can see that, as Earth turns, brining the moon into view for locations further west, the moon is moving, too. On March 29, as the hours passed, the moon was shifting closer to Saturn. Photo by Amy Dengler in Basalt, Colorado.
Planets and moon on March 29, 2016 from Ken Gallagher in Lake Havasu, Arizona.
In this photo, notice that the moon is farther to the west (right) of the planets. That’s partly because the photo was shot a day earlier than the other photos on this page, on March 28, 2016, by Matthew Chin in Hong Kong.
Bottom line: Photos from the EarthSky community of the moon’s sweep this week past two bright planets – Mars and Saturn – and the star Antares in the constellation Scorpius, in the predawn sky from around the world.
Give me five minutes and I’ll give you Saturn in 2016
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