Skywatch: Spot all five "naked eye" planets this week

Spot Saturn, Jupiter & Mars

体育投注When skies clear out this week take advantage of the moment and look for all five of the “naked eye planets”. On Monday morning Mars, Jupiter & Saturn will hang low in the southeastern sky before sunrise.

Jupiter will be the brightest of the three and fall just below and left of Mars. Saturn will be the toughest to spot. You’ll need a clear view of the horizon to see it. It rises at around 6 a.m. on Monday.

Courtesy: NASA

体育投注On Tuesday morning the moon will occult Mars. This is when the Red Planet will disappear behind the Moon’s disk.

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体育投注It’s expected to happen at around 7:13 a.m. which will be during civil twilight so you might need an optical aid to fully appreciate the show.

Spot Venus & Mercury

体育投注On Wednesday evening look for the two innermost planets in the solar system. Venus & Mercury will be in the western sky just after sunset.

Venus will be brighter and higher in the sky. Near the horizon, you’ll find Mercury just below & right of the brightly shining Venus. Happy hunting!