You may have seen, or contemplated, the three planets in today’s pre-dawn sky, with the Last Quarter Moon hanging above them. This is how they came to be so beautifully grouped for us.
The blue line to the Aries symbol indicates the vernal equinox direction (our base o=point for measuring things in the sky). The other blue lines are our sightlines to the planets. There are actually three of these lines: the one from Earth to Mars is overlaid by the one from Earth to Venus. These two were in almost exactly the same direction on Nov. 3 at 8 Universal Time (3 AM Eastern American time). At that moment they appeared only 0.68 of a degree apart.