Mercury meets up with Jupiter (Saturn and the moon, too!) in the morning sky this week

See Mercury with Jupiter and Saturn this Saturday (March 6) in the early morning sky.  (Image credit: SkySafari app)

If you’re of a certain age, you might remember a comic strip called “Mutt and Jeff.” Mutt was a tall guy while in contrast, Jeff was quite short. Ever since they were created back in 1907, any pair of individuals of different sizes came to be known as a “Mutt and Jeff”.

You might then say that in our morning sky this week, we’re going to have a celestial version of “Mutt and Jeff.” If you look low in the east-southeast sky at around 5:45 a.m. local time, you’ll see them: the biggest planet in our solar system passing unusually close to the smallest planet in the solar system. 

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