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A daily update by. Science news, great photos, sky alerts. Try Stellarium for a precise view from your location. for recommended almanacs to find out precise rise and set times. The bright planet Venus will remain a fixture of our evening sky for the rest of Two other planets — Mars and Mercury — will be up there as well, but — especially from the Northern Hemisphere — will take a deliberate effort to see. Mars will be easier to find in early August, and Mercury will be easier to find Who is looking for tonight the end of the month.
Mars and Mercury sit beneath Venus, close to the western horizon at dusk. They set before darkness falls. Nominally, both Mars and Mercury reign as evening objects throughout August and September Realistically, though, these two worlds will be tough to catch in the afterglow of sunset from mid-and-far northern latitudes, even with binoculars.
The Southern Hemisphere has a big advantage in spotting Mars and Mercury. Your best bet is to spot dazzling Venus first, and then seek out these fainter planets below Venus. Mars starts out the month quite high above Mercury, yet ends the month below Mercury. Will you see it? Bring along binoculars if you want to try! Watch for the young lunar crescent to return to the evening sky on August 9 or The moon and Venus will present a glorious picture in the evening twilight. From the Southern Hemisphere — on or near August 9 — you might even spot the whisker-thin crescent pairing up with much fainter Mars below Venus.
Try your luck with binoculars. Find out both the sunset time and the time of nightfall end of astronomical twilight via timeanddate. : What to expect from Mars in Venus boldly shines in the evening sky for the rest of this year, to reach its greatest elongation from the sun on October 29, see diagram below. In Augustyou can see the giant planet Jupiter and ringed planet Saturn from early evening until dawn.
Both of them will have an oppositionwhen they will appear opposite the sun as seen from Earth, in August.
Saturn will be at opposition on August And Jupiter will be at opposition on August Opposition marks the middle of the best time of year to see a planet. Do you have an unobstructed horizon from east to west? At the same time, you may also view Jupiter and Saturn low in the southeast sky. Some people might catch all three worlds in the same sky as early as August 1. Saturn rises first. Around the world, Saturn rises around sunset at the beginning of the month. At mid-northern latitudes, Jupiter follows Saturn into the sky about an hour 60 minutes after Saturn comes up.
By around August 20, Jupiter will rise around sunset and set around sunrise. At temperate latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, Saturn will set about one hour 60 minutes before Jupiter. Watch for Jupiter to follow Saturn across the nighttime sky throughout August In their outward order from the sun, the five bright planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
These are the planets easily visible without an optical aid. These planets do appear bright in our sky. They are typically as bright as — or brighter than — the brightest stars. Plus, these relatively nearby worlds tend to shine with a steadier light than Who is looking for tonight distant, twinkling stars. Bottom line: All you need to know about how to find the bright planets of the solar system during the month of August Subscribe to EarthSky News by. Help EarthSky keep going! Donate now.
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Astronomy Essentials. Eddie Irizarry. Scott Levine. Bruce McClure. Community Photos. Deborah Byrd. July 31, Visible planets, the moon and more West after sunset. Watch for the waxing crescent moon to be in the vicinity of the dazzling planet Venus for several days, centered on or near August 10 or 11, . West after sunset, on August 19,as seen from Montevideo, Uruguay. The Mars-Mercury conjunction is better from the Southern Hemisphere. Throughout the night, around August Watch for the full moon — a Blue Moon — to swing by Saturn and then Jupiter.
We show Neptune and Pluto on this chart, but both are invisible without an optical aid. West after sunset, in late August and early September, The planet Venus and star Spica in the constellation Virgo will be closest around September 4 and 5. Venus, Mars and Mercury The bright planet Venus will remain a fixture of our evening sky for the rest of Not to scale.
In this view, Mercury and Earth circle the sun in a counterclockwise direction. Mercury enters the evening sky at superior conjunction on August 1,and returns to the morning sky at inferior conjunction on October 9, Mercury reaches its greatest eastern evening elongation on September 14, The Southern Hemisphere will enjoy a most spectacular evening apparition of Mercury throughout September : What to expect from Mars in Venus boldly shines in the evening sky for the rest of this year, to Who is looking for tonight its greatest elongation from the sun on October 29, see diagram below.
In this view, Venus and all the planets travel counterclockwise around the sun. Venus, being an inferior planetshows phases just like the moon. It swept to the far side of the sun at superior conjunction on March 26,to exit the morning sky and to enter the evening sky. Venus will reach its greatest eastern evening elongation from the sun half Venus on October 29, Then on January 9,Venus will go between the Earth and sun, at inferior conjunctionto exit the evening sky and to enter the morning sky. Image via UCLA.
Jupiter and Saturn In Augustyou can see the giant planet Jupiter and ringed planet Saturn from early evening until dawn. Which ones are the bright planets? You can spot them, and come to know them as faithful friends, if you try.
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A science communicator and educator sinceByrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. Like what you read? Subscribe and receive daily news delivered to your inbox. More from Bruce McClure. August 4, Moon and Gemini stars at dawn August 5 and 6 August 4, Saturn at opposition Augustnear Jupiter August 1, Moon sweeps by Taurus August 2, 3 and 4 mornings August 1, WEbsite by Milkyway.Who is looking for tonight
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