Throughout October 2018, you can see 3 planets as darkness falls: Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Bright Venus is heading into the sunset glare throughout October. It will pass between us and the sun before the month’s end.
On September 16, 2018, Mars reaches perihelion, its closest point to the sun in its 2-year orbit. Mars’ brightness in July and August – and a recent global dust storm on the planet – are both linked to this event.
Are you interested in the famous 8-year cycle of Venus? The charts in this post – from astronomer Guy Ottewell – illustrate it. Also, weigh in on whether you think we should describe Venus as she or it!