Skywatch: Go planet watching this week

The Moon, Mercury & Venus

You’ll be able to spot the young moon early in the week and if you have a clear view of the horizon, you could catch a pair of planets. Mercury and Venus will hang very low in the sky just after sunset. The two will be below the young moon for just a few minutes.

Jupiter Meets Up with the Moon

On Thursday, the Moon has a date with Jupiter. The waxing crescent will be very close to the largest planet in the solar system. Look in the southwest about an hour after sunset.

First Quarter Moon

Speaking of our satellite, the First Quarter Moon arrives on Saturday at 12:47 a.m. That means you’ll be able to see the half moon on Friday night if you’re out at any football games.

The Moon, Saturn & Jupiter

You can use the moon on Saturday night to help you find Saturn and Jupiter. Look from South to SW in the evening. The moon will be just below and left of Saturn and Jupiter will shine brightly below and right of the pair. Happy hunting!