This month there are two pairs of planets moving through our skies. In the early evening, you can see that the red planet Mars appears close to the giant ringed planet Saturn in our southwestern sky. Mars is 110 million miles away. Saturn is almost nine times farther away, at 902 million miles.
At dawn, Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in our sky, are side by side. Look in the southeastern sky more than an hour before sunrise.
This planetary dance goes on all the time along the solar system highway.
On Monday morning, Jupiter and Venus appear only a half a degree apart. It is a pretty picture but one that involves millions of miles. Venus is 139 million miles away from earth and Jupiter is 567 million miles away.
In September, these planets will separate, signalling an end to this current summer dance.
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