Skywatch: Find a trio of planets this week


The moon will get darker and darker throughout the week. In fact, the brightest it’ll be is on Sunday night. The First Quarter Moon arrives on Sunday at 4:10 p.m., so the half moon will be out in the evening.

Mercury won’t be visible this week but it’ll reach a milestone. It’ll hit something known as superior conjunction at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night. This is when the Mercury, the Moon and the Earth all line up in that order. As I mentioned, we won’t be able to see this but we will see the effects in the coming weeks. Mercury is transitioning into the evening sky after spending much of January in the morning sky.

Speaking of the morning sky, you’ll be able to find a trio of planets in it when skies clear out. Saturn, Venus and Jupiter will be in the southeast about an hour before sunrise this week. A waning crescent moon will join the three later in the week. Saturn will hang low in the horizon, Venus will be the brightest of the three and Jupiter will be just above and right of it. Above is how you’ll find the three on Thursday morning. Happy hunting!