Mars & Jupiter, Bosom Buddies

August 14, 2024 all-day America/Chicago Timezone

On August 14, Mars and Jupiter will have a close conjunction, only 0.3 degrees apart, visible in the constellation Taurus. This event is notable for the brightness of the planets and their minimal separation, making it the most prominent conjunction of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the planets will be observable from around midnight until morning, positioned high in the eastern sky. In the Southern Hemisphere, they will be visible a few hours before sunrise, also in the east.

That said, Mars won’t be very bright. We were spoiled back in 2018 when it was at its closest approach in its 15 year cycle.