Jupiter and Saturn Tonight, May 1, 2013


Jupiter and Saturn shine brightly during early evening hours on May Day.

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Bright Jupiter shines low in the west-northwest at 9:40 p.m. CDT as seen in this 30-second exposure as seen from the Chicago area.  (Click the image to see it larger.) The Giant Planet appears lower in the sky each night.  Later this month it appears with Mercury and Venus during bright twilight.  See our monthly outlook for more details about this planetary grouping.

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At the same time, Saturn shines from the southeastern sky near the star Spica.  (Click the image to see it larger.)  Near month’s end, four bright planets (Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Jupiter) appear in the evening sky.

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