The planets move through the constellations (signs) at various rates. Moon goes through all twelve signs (constellations) every month. In other words, it goes all the way around, returning to its starting point every month. Saturn spends about 2 1/2 years in each sign. Jupiter… about six months per sign. All the other planets about one month per sign.
About a month ago, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and the Moon were all close together visible in the early eastern morning sky. Venus was above Jupiter, Moon, and Mars. Over the past month, Venus and Mars (because they move through the signs faster than Jupiter) caught up and passed Jupiter. Moon has gone all the way around through all constellations and has now caught back up with, and passed, Jupiter and is close to Mars and Venus.
So now, in the early morning eastern sky, you can see all four planets close together but with Jupiter above Venus, Mars, and the Moon. Because Moon moves so quickly, in several days it will have gone way past the other three planets so if you want to see all four together, you need to do so in the next day or so.
Watching the planets the past month or so has been beautiful. Hopefully, we get some clear mornings this week to see…
It is amazing and intriguing as we watch the planets in the sky. Every morning I watch the race. It makes me reflect on the operations of each planet, the influence they have on each other especially when they are so close together. Then I relate all that to where those planets are in my own chart and how that might be influencing my life at the moment. All very fascinating.
Not only do I like knowing what to look for in the morning sky, but I am very appreciative of the information on how fast the Moon travels vs. Saturn, for instance. Great information.
Very Cool! Thank you!
Ooh, I’m late reading this blog! I’ll have to check tomorrow morning! Thanks for the heads up. Now I’ll know what I’m looking at…
Can’t wait to have a clear sky so I can see this!
Fascinating. Thank you for sharing. It has been really beautiful in the night sky.
I’m not a planet watcher, however when I’m at MT Soma I can’t help but look up at the stars and planets at night. I feel as if I’m next to them, they are so clear and brilliant. It takes my breath away. It is so magical place.
Hope I am not too late to see this. Thanks
Witnessing the planets in the morning sky in this formation was breathtaking. I attempted to photograph it, but of course it didn’t do it justice.