Jupiter put on a fantastic show with Venus and Mercury in late May 2013. These three planets formed a planetary trio, fitting within a 5-degree-wide circle on the sky’s dome, from May 24 to May 29. An awesome sight! Now Jupiter is about to disappear into the sunset, while Venus and Mercury both will remain in the sky for much of June. EarthSky Facebook friend Jean-Baptiste Feldmann captured the three planets on June 1. You can see all three planets, too, if you have a very clear sky in the west after sunset – soon!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.