We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making. The moment of closest approach for the New Horizons spacecraft came at 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday, culminating a journey from planet Earth that spanned an incredible 3 billion miles and 9½ years.
In the Early morning eastern sky Thursday, look as the waning crescent moon will pass by the planet Mars in the constellation Gemini the Twins.
Great Morning Planet Conjunction
Here’s another diagram for the four-way planet conjunction in the early morning sky.
There’s a nice conjunction of four planets in the early morning sky. This won’t happen again for many years.
People in Sydney, Australia got quite a treat last night. Sky-watchers were able to see Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter aligned. The spectacle only takes place once every 50 to 100 years.