WEEKEND CONJUNCTION: Set your alarm for dawn. This weekend, Mars and Jupiter are in conjunction, side by side, shining through the twilight glow of sunrise. Andrea Aletti photographed them on Jan. 6th from a hotel in the Swiss Alps:
“An incredible conjunction!” Aletti says. “The planets were so clear, I could see them through gaps in clouds, and I was able to take their picture using only a simple and not expensive smartphone.”
If you missed the show on Saturday morning, try again on Sunday, Jan. 7th. The two worlds will be little more than a quarter of a degree (1/4o) apart–half the width of a full Moon. They won’t be this close together again until March of 2020.