A Line of Planets Tonight

It was cloudy in Paradelle last night and again tonight. Too bad, because this was a good time to see the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Mars lining up.

This is true wherever you are in the world, so I hope for you it is a clear and dark night sky. the moon and Venus will appear close together in the night sky on 24 March.

Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Moon at 6am, before sunrise - labelled//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Look west just after the sun has set and the two bright objects you see are Jupiter and Venus. Jupiter is below and closer to the horizon and will be setting shortly after sunset. Venus will be brighter and higher in the sky. Look above Venus and you will see the crescent moon. They will both be sitting in between the constellations of Pisces and Taurus.

If you have binoculars or a small telescope, you can point them at Jupiter to look for three of its four largest moons, called the Galilean moons. Callisto will be too close to the planet to see, but you might be able to make out Europa, Io, and Ganymede, which will appear extending in a line in this order.

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