a thinning crescent as it slowly sweeps
past four bright morning planets – first Jupiter
then Mars, Saturn and Mercury, the crescent
points at them this morning of equinox.
Golden Saturn invisible to me – but there.
Slender lunar crescent in the western sky.
First thing we see this spring dusk.
And the Moon’s shy dark side illuminated
in earthshine – sunlight reflected from our Earth.
“Is that Mars or Mercury?,” she asks.
Mars at Opposition
Mars positioned directly opposite of the Sun
The Red Planet drawn closer to Earth
and rising high in the eastern sky
Fire orange, ten times brighter than stars.
A rover named Curiosity searching Martian features.