Let’s hope the skies will be clear enough this weekend, as five planets will be visible in the night sky over Arizona.
Let’s start with the evening duo, Mercury and Venus.
They will be side by side for an hour or two after sunset in the western horizon over the weekend. You will need to look from an open area as the pair will be relatively low in the sky, as seen in this illustration from Earthsky.org.
According to EarthSky, Venus will be about 12 times brighter than Mercury, making it the brightest object in the evening sky after sunset.
Jupiter will rise near midnight in the eastern sky and will be high in the sky by dawn. Jupiter will be the brightest star-like object in the sky between midnight and dawn.
Mars and Saturn will be the trickiest to find in the sky, but will be visible before dawn every morning in the eastern sky. Saturn will have a yellow tint to it, while Mars will have a reddish tint and will be just to the right of Saturn.
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