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Skywatch: Look for planets in the night sky this week

All five "naked eye" planets can be found this week.
Credit: The Moon & Mars

If you’re out early on Sunday morning look up in the southeastern sky for the Moon. 

Just above and right of it you’ll see what appears to be a reddish star. That’s actually the planet Mars.

Credit: Last Quarter Moon

Speaking of the Moon it’ll reach Last Quarter on Sunday night at 7:26 p.m. 

The half moon should be easy to spot if you stay up late enough for the moonrise or if you get up early enough on Monday.

Credit: Courtesy: NASA

Jupiter reaches a milestone at about 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning. That’s when the planet reaches something known as opposition. 

Simply put this is when Jupiter will be opposite the Sun when observed from Earth. As a result, the planet will shine very brightly making it easier to find.

Credit: Finding Jupiter & Saturn

Look in the southeastern sky in the late evening to find Jupiter. Just to the left of it you’ll see Saturn, not quite as bright.

Credit: The Moon, Mercury & Venus

Using a Waning Crescent Moon late in the week to find Venus. Venus will shine very bright in the eastern sky before sunrise. 

On Saturday morning it’ll be just to the right of the “fingernail moon”. Just below & left of the two you'll find Mercury but you'll need a clear view of the horizon to do so. Happy hunting!