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The parade of 5 bright planets visible in Earth's sky tonight will conclude with the moon and Mercury rising as darkness ebbs into dawn Wednesday morning.
Jupiter, Mars, Saturn can all be seen easily on these June evenings.
In late December - and in January and February - our evening sky faces away from the Milky Way's star-rich center. We look toward the depths of space beyond our galaxy's boundaries and toward some close, bright stars in our local spiral arm.
The bright planets Jupiter and Saturn are currently near on the sky's dome to the famous Teapot asterism. The center of our Milky Way galaxy is also located in this direction.
August 2020 presents a fine time to view four of the five bright planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
On the mornings of May 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2020, the waning moon will be sweeping past Jupiter, Saturn and finally Mars in the early morning sky. Great time to get acquainted!
Photos from the EarthSky community of the moon's sweep past a trio of bright planets - red Mars, golden Saturn and bright Jupiter - over this past week.
The moon swept past the morning planets last week, and the EarthSky Community did a great job capturing each day's view. Thanks to all who contributed photos to EarthSky Community Photos and to our Facebook page!
Look outside before dawn on March 16, 2020 for the last quarter moon. Its illuminated side will be pointing at the planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. Some people will catch Mercury, too, shortly before sunrise.
Find all 5 bright planets in February 2020. Use Venus to find Mercury after sunset, and then look for Saturn on line with Mars and Jupiter in the morning sky.
Check out the picturesque scene in the west after sunset on November 27, 28 and 29, 2019. The young moon will sweep past 3 planets - Venus, Jupiter and Saturn - wow!
They're not the brightest planets in the sky now, and they're visible only briefly after sunset. But - around June 17, 18 and 19 - Mercury and Mars will have the closest conjunction of 2 planets for 2019.
In late February and early March 2019, you can see 2 planets in the evening and 3 planets before sunup. Here's how.
The brilliant planets Jupiter and Venus - and fainter Saturn, which is also closer to the sunrise horizon - will all be passed by the moon in late January and early February, 2019.
The last morning of 2018 and 1st mornings of 2019 will feature a dazzling line-up of the moon and 3 planets. Here are tips on how to see the moon sweep past Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. Great start to the New Year!
We've been treated for several months now to the sight of 4 bright planets in our evening sky. Although Mars isn't as bright now as it was, all 4 planets are still up there after sunset, visible from across Earth.
These 4 planets - from west to east, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars - have been dominating our evening sky. They'll stay up throughout September.
This chart - from astronomer Guy Ottewell in England - shows the paths of the planets in April and May, and sightlines from Earth to them on April 29.
Photographer Nima Asadzadeh caught Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn against the backdrop of the distant Milky Way center, from Lake Urmia, Iran.
The waning moon has now swept past all 3 bright planets in the predawn sky. Photos here from the EarthSky community.