March 5, 2012 10:57 AM Subscribe
posted by bondcliff (48 comments total)
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Take a tour of the solar system! Tonight, see the wonders of Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn! There's only one catch: You'll need to actually step outside to do it.
There are five planets visible with the naked eye and for the first time in eight years you can catch all of them in a single night.
As the sun goes down and the sky darkens look to the west
and you'll see Venus, the
third brightest object in the night sky. Above it, Jupiter inches closer by the night
. Trace a line from Jupiter down through Venus to find Mercury
. If you have a clear view to the West you'll see Mercury as a dim yellowish star just above the horizon.
Mars, which will be making its closest approach to Earth
tonight, will be rising in the East just after nightfall.
follows Mars a couple hours later, rising in the East. Want to know the exact time it's rising? Use this
Light pollution and the nearly full, beautiful, bright waxing gibbous Moon
shouldn't be enough to stop you.
So go! Find some clear skies
with views to the West and enjoy March Madness!
Let's just get this out of the way right now: No, you can't see Uranus.