2016, August 6: Five Planets


This evening five planets appear in the west and southern sky, along with the moon as seen from the Chicago area.

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With a very good western horizon, Venus appeared low in the bright colors of twilight.  First found with binoculars, Venus was easy to see without optical aid.  As the sky darkened Mercury was visible through binoculars but not without them.  Jupiter was higher in the sky with the crescent moon farther south.

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Farther to the south, Mars and Saturn were easy to locate without optical help.

Look during the next few evenings as Mercury is beginning a rapid descent back into the sun’s glare.

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