Moon Meet Antares, Jupiter And Saturn

May 3, 2019

For the next few mornings in the pre-dawn sky look south and you will see the bright red star Antares, followed by King Jupiter to the left and the ringed planet Saturn to the left of Jupiter.  

Antares is the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius.  It is the fifteenth  brightest star in the sky with a diameter about the size of Jupiter’s orbit.

On the 23rd the Moon is above Jupiter

On the 24th the Moon lies between Jupiter and Saturn

On the 25th the Moon lies close to the right of Saturn.

Jupiter has four large moons that can be seen in a telescope.  One of its moons, Europa, is believed to have an ocean under its ice covered surface

Although Saturn is easily visible you will need a telescope to see its great ring system.   Saturn actually has four main groups of rings and three fainter narrower ring groups each separated by gaps called divisions.

The main gap or division is called the Cassini division.  The Cassini Division is 3,000 miles wide and from Earth it appears as a thin black gap in the rings.