Skywatch: See all 5 "naked eye" planets and maybe a few meteors

Last Quarter Moon

The Last Quarter Moon will arrive early this week. It officially arrives on Monday morning at 8:39 a.m. That means if you’re out on Sunday or Monday evening, you’ll be able to see a near half moon.

The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks

The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak early in the week as well. The peak is expected early on Tuesday morning. The shower is caused by leftover debris from Halley’s Comet. In a good year, you can see up to 20 meteors per hour but the waning crescent moon may wash out some of them.

Look for the constellation of Orion to find the radiant. As always, you’ll want to be in a dark spot, far away from the city for the best show.

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The Lion Meets the Moon & Mars

On Thursday morning, look for the constellation of Leo, the Moon & Mars. The three will be in the eastern sky before sunrise. Mars will hang close to the horizon, so you’ll need a clear view of it to capture the Red Planet.

Find Four Planets in the Sky

If you do catch a glimpse of Mars, look in the evening sky on Friday and Saturday nights to find the other four “naked-eye planets”. Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus will be in the south to western sky about 45 minutes after sunset.

Saturn will be highest in the sky and Jupiter will be just below and right of it. Mercury and Venus will be very low in the sky, so you’ll again need a clear view of the horizon to see them. Venus will shine the brightest out of all four. Happy hunting!