Inner Planets Party

Approximate positions of the Inner Planets from the Sun (light) with Jupiter hanging out to the right

Approximate positions of the Inner Planets from the Sun (light) on March 20, 2014, with Jupiter hanging out in the lower right corner

303°  Our Solar System is throwing a party and we’re all invited. All the inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars) are gathering on one side of the Sun. This is not that rare of an occurrence, but it will be another four years until the Inner Planets are in this type of grouping. Mars is close to ‘opposition,’ meaning it is directly on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth. As the Sun sets, Mars will be rising in the East.

Silver clouds with a white lining

Silver clouds with a white lining

99°  This was the best shot of the day with lenticular clouds to the East of Reno as the Sun was setting.

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