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Tomorrow night’s gibbous moon appear close to the bright planet Jupiter in the southeastern sky. The two rise in the east well before midnight. Both are in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus.
For those who are never sure what planet or star they see in the sky, this is the perfect guide. The moon appears right next to Jupiter and Jupiter by far outshines all the other stars in the area.
On Sunday night, early Monday morning, the moon appears again near the planet but a good deal farther east.
It is also worth mentioning that the distant planet Neptune is very close to Jupiter. Amateur astronomers have been pointing telescopes at the two planets this spring and enjoying the moment. Neptune is too faint to be seen without binoculars and even if you have binoculars, trying to distinguish it from the many stars in the area is hard, though it does have a blueish green color. Only under a high powered telescope, Neptune looks like a partially flattened ball.
The best show in town is well before sunrise. The brightest planet in the sky, Venus is hanging in the eastern sky before sunrise. Just below Venus there is the dull red planet Mars. The two are only a few degrees apart.
If you can find Venus, you can also find Mars.