Watch For planet parade

planet parade

On the nights of March 25 through 30, alongside the Moon, watch for the spectacular parade of Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus, and Mars. They will set as an arc alongside the Moon, which could be one of the most spectacular beauties to watch.

Jupiter may sink into the sunset and get lost in sunlight after the 28th. Venus will be the easiest to spot with the naked eye, because it’s the third-brightest object in the sky, after the Sun and Moon. Uranus and Mercury, may be harder to see.

While most of the planets should be visible to the naked eye, you’ll probably need binoculars, or even a telescope, to see Uranus and get the full five-planet procession.


Shortly after the Sun sets, look to the west. Low in the sky, where the Sun just set, Jupiter and Mercury will appear side-by-side. The duo will only be visible for less than an hour after sunset. After that, they will sink below the horizon and you won’t be able to see them. Then look for Venus – the brightest star-like object in the night sky, poised above Jupiter. Uranus will be above and to the left of Venus, very close by. One gets plenty of time to check out Mars. It will appear bright red and high up in the southwest sky, above the crescent moon and slightly to its left from March 25 to 27, then below the Moon on March 28 and beyond.


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