Mars-Zubenelgenubi conjunction December 12 | 12/8/2019 | Bruce McClure
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Yes, the dazzling conjunction of the brilliant planets Venus and Saturn at dusk/nightfall counts as this month’s marquee event, but let’s not forget about the less showy conjunction of two modestly-bright celestial lights – the red planet Mars and the star Zubenelgenubi – in the morning sky. Get up 1 1/2 hours (or more) before sunrise to view the close-knit morning couple lighting up the predawn darkness all this upcoming week. The conjunction happens on or near December 12, 2019.

There’s also a conjunction in the evening sky! In North America, Venus and Saturn have their conjunction on the evening of December 10, 2019. Read more.

Convenience - Rising - Time - Mars - Latitudes

For your convenience, we give you the approximate rising time of Mars for various latitudes (given an absolutely level and unobstructed horizon) for the next several days:

Want more specific information? Click here for a recommended sky almanac.

Mars - Zubenelgenubi - Constellation - Libra - Star

Mars and Zubenelgenubi, the constellation Libra’s alpha star, shine plenty close together on the sky’s dome all this upcoming week. In fact, the twosome will easily fit inside a single binocular field all the while. You can distinguish ruddy Mars from Zubenelgenubi, because Mars is the brighter of the two – better than twice as bright as Zubenelgenubi. However, both Mars and Zubenelgenubi are rather easy to see with the eye alone in a dark sky.

Look for fainter Zubenelgenubi above brighter Mars before dawn December 10, 2019.

Mars - Zubenelgenubi - Dawn - December

Mars and Zubenelgenubi snuggle up together before dawn on December 12, 2019.

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