With occasional notes from elsewhere
Your image of the trio seems to include the spot where Mars would have been visible, but its dimness apparently couldn’t overcome the nearby brightness of the moon. From Salmon Creek this morning (10-12) about 6am Venus, Mars, and Jupiter were naked-eye visible in the east, and will be for a good while. Jupiter is rising toward Mars and on 10-17 and 10-18 it will very close. Next Jupiter passes near Venus on 10-26 and 10-27 not quite as close.The Robert Ferguson Observatory newsletter for October calls this series of conjunctions “a nice planetary dance."With binoculars, Jupiter’s four largest moons are often visible. Their relative positions change very quickly --- even faster than night to night.
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