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Planets and Moon
Look any time at night and there is a planet glowing above the horizon. Evenings begin with the largest planet, Jupiter, in the southeastern sky. The planet is in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus.
Later in the evening, Mars rises in the east. Mars is a glowing red planet and it is moving slowly through the zodiacal constellation Gemini. The last quarter moon appears near Mars in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Mars and the moon will rise in the east together at about midnight. The two will dominate the sky for the rest of the evening.
Well before sunrise, at 5 a.m., look to the east for the ringed planet Saturn close to the bright planet Venus. Venus is the easiest to spot, for there is not another planet or star in the east that comes close to its brilliance. Saturn is nearby, less than one degree apart.
For those with a telescope or binoculars, the best show is Tuesday morning when the two are closest, a half a degree apart. A lot of astrophotographers will make the effort to capture a picture of the two planets side by side. Venus and Saturn are in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.
In the mornings ahead, Saturn will appear to pull away and appear higher in the sky.