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Starwatch: pre-dawn delight as moon meets Jupiter and Mars

Starwatch: pre-dawn delight as moon meets Jupiter and Mars

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There is a delightful grouping of planets and the moon to look forward to in the pre-dawn sky this week.

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On 25 May, the moon will meet Jupiter and Mars low in the east just before sunrise.

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he chart shows the view looking east from London at 0400 BST on 25 May, shortly after the grouping has risen above the horizon.

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The moon will be a waning crescent with 25% of its visible surface illuminated.

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This will shrink in the following days as the moon sinks closer and closer to the Sun, to be reborn in the evening sky as a new moon next week.

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Jupiter will be the brighter of the two planets, and Mars should be a faintly red colour.

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