the view Venus, Mars, and Jupiter has stretched is to the point of not possible in the same frame of camera that took most of the pictures this last fall. and is why this snap is really a BAD composite of two pictures. blame the Goddess of Love for this problem. Venus has moved about 1° every other day in the 20 days away from Mars.

I might have actually tried to get a better snap but the temperature next to the skies of Mt Diablo that 5AM hovered 32° aka 0° aka C-O-L-D. my socks were not happy. “pick another dwarf!” they complained.

over the next week you will see Spica (the BLUE star next to Mars) move up and past the red planet. Mun will join the party on January 2 for three days.