Telescopic view of 4 planets

These 4 planets – from west to east, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars – have been dominating our evening sky. They’ll stay up throughout September.

View larger. | The evening sky’s 4 planets on September 1, 2018, by Patrick Prokop. Celestron 11″ telescope. Processed in Photoshop.

Patrick Prokop used his telescope to capture the four planets that are dominating the evening sky now. He wrote:

This is a ‘mock-up’ of the planets’ views and positions. They don’t look like this in the sky, but, basically, these are those bright jewels in the evening sky in early September. I took all these through my telescope on the evening of September 1, 2018, from my backyard and then made this composite.

How do they look to the eye? Like starry dots … but very bright ones! Watch for them.

Thank you, Patrick!

Want to see the 4 planets? Check out EarthSky’s planet guide

Read more: All 8 planets in 1 night, from Rome

Bottom line: Evening’s four planets, through a telescope.

Deborah Byrd