This evening, after sunset on September 1, 2014, look for the planets Mars and Saturn on one side of the moon, and for the star Antares on the other.
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Mars and Saturn appear at nightfall. From southerly latitudes, you can also view Mercury near the sunset horizon. The morning planets are Jupiter and Venus.
Don’t miss the wide waxing crescent moon, and planets Mars and Saturn, all bunched up together in early evening on Sunday.
Around the world this evening, as darkness falls on August 30, look for the star Spica to the west of tonight’s waxing crescent moon, yet for the planets Mars and Saturn to the east of tonight’s moon.
The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. No matter where you are on Earth, springtime or autumn is the best time to see it.
Light is the fastest-moving stuff in the universe. It travels at an incredible 300,000 kilometers (186,000 miles) per second. So, in a year, light travels far.
That bright star near the moon on the evening of August 29 is Spica in the constellation Virgo. In the next few evenings, the moon will be near Mars and Saturn.
As darkness falls, watch for the moon and Spica in the western sky. The planets Mars and Saturn are nearby.
People in the Southern Hemisphere should have an easier time catching the young moon and Mercury after sunset on August 27.
The longest lunar month of 2014 starts with the August 25 new moon and ends September 24. All you need to know about the varying lengths of the lunar months, here.