Keep your eyes to the skies in the evening, you can see Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus!

Lor-i The Science-Guy here…

This is exciting stuff, man. I’m freaking out!

Maybe you have noticed something different in the sky the last few evenings, maybe you haven’t. Today, I sure did.

As I was driving to work today, I noticed a big star in the sky to the west. It was bright and much larger than normal. I thought it could be a plane, helicopter or a (gasp) UFO! But, I was wrong. After a little research, it was clear. I was looking at Jupiter.

It’s that time of year when the other planets are in their orbit, the sky is usually clear and we can get a good look at the other planets in our solar system according to WREX. Here’s the best way to view them:

At Dusk: Venus and Mercury

Look west to where the sun went down. You will see two bright objects. The one higher in the sky towards the west is Venus. To the right, a little lower, will be Mercury.

At Midnight: Saturn and Mars

Look to the south east and you may be able to see Saturn and Mars rise.

Look Up: Jupiter

Before the sun comes up (around 4 a.m. is when I saw it) up high in the southern sky will be a very bright object. That’s Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. It will be high over head, you can’t miss it!

How incredible is that!

If you REALLY want to see even more, and I know you do, download this free app called StarTraker Lite. The app is available in both the Google Play and Apple App Stores. It is very interactive and gives you a real-time, real-life guide to what you are looking at in the sky.

Lor-i The Science-Guy, signing off!

You can learn more Science-y Schtuff every Tuesday, on The Morning X!



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