If you look to the southeast on the morning of February 22nd about 30 minutes before sunrise, you'll find a very thin crescent Moon to the right and highest in the sky of the planets Mercury, Jupiter and Mars, in that order. Scanning this lineup with binoculars will be an exciting experience for those of you who enjoy sky stuff, and there’s more to come.
The very next morning at the same time, the Moon will have switched places with the 3 planets, now appearing to their left — appearing to have “leap-frogged” over the planets to the other side! Actually our moon continuously moves eastward in its orbit all the time, but unless there is a "sky marker,” like a planet or bright star along its celestial pathway, this is pretty much unapparent (other than the fact that the Moon rises later each night as it goes through its phases).
If you have a telescope, you’ll also be able to compare the appearance of the three planets with each other. A magnification of at least 30X is probably needed and even higher would be better. However, all three are near the horizon, where atmospheric turbulence is at its worst and more power just magnifies it more. Even at that, Mercury will appear like a little half-Moon. Jupiter will show a nearly-full obvious disk and you may be able to see its four Galilean moons if the lightening sky allowos it. Finally, Mars will look pretty much like a shimmering ruddy-orange blob!
But it’s the big picture that really makes the effort worthwhile — seeing the three planets and the sliver of a crescent Moon all in such close proximity as part of our ongoing sky show.
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