The heralded alignment of wandering planets
Saturn and Mars with the
Beehive Cluster took place last weekend on
Saturday, June 17.
Recorded in dark Arizona skies on that date,
this view finds
Mars above and right of Saturn - the brightest celestial
beacons in the scene - with the Beehive cluster of stars (M44)
at the lower right.
The two planets appear in
separated by just over half a degree.
But about another half a degree along a line joining the
two and continuing towards the lower left lies the third
brightest object in the image, giant star Asellus Australis.
Asellus Australis is also known as
a middling bright star 136 light-years away
in the constellation Cancer,
Of course, this star's Latin
translates to "Southern Donkey".