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Skywatching in Spring 2018: Celestial Events Caught on Camera

Saturn and Mars Near Conjunction

Victor Rogus

Before dawn on March 30, Rogus captured this photo of Saturn and Mars just 2 degrees apart above the Teapot asterism in the constellation Sagittarius. The two planets reached conjunction on April 2.

Saturn and Mars Post-Conjunction

Victor Rogus

Rogus revisited Saturn (top) and Mars (center) on April 4, two days after the planets were at conjunction. He captured this view with a small telescope.

Saturn and Mars Post-Conjunction

Victor Rogus

Rogus captured this view on the same night without using a telescope. Saturn and Mars, lined up vertically near the top of the image, appear to the upper right of the Teapot asterism of the Sagittarius constellation.

The 'Dippers'

Victor Rogus

The Big Dipper (Ursa Major) and Little Dipper (Ursa Minor) twinkle over Florida in this night-sky photo by Rogus. "These light-polluted Florida skies give me fits," Rogus said. However, the light pollution was no match to the bright stars of these well-known asterisms!

Two Lunar Conjunctions

Victor Rogus

The moon lined up with two planets on the morning of April 7, first with Saturn and then with Mars. Rogus captured this photo of all three objects in the early morning sky over Arcadia, Florida.

A Cloudy Conjunction

Victor Rogus

Light from Saturn and Mars pierces through Florida's cloudy skies while the planets were in conjunction on the morning of April 8.

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