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Best evening planets of 2013 May 26, 2013

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, Urban Observing.
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If you haven’t looked west at sunset in the past few days, do it soon! It’s the best gathering of planets in the evening this year, and your last change to see Jupiter in the evening.

Jupiter, Mercury and Venus

Looking WNW on May 26 at 9:30 PM (image made using Starry Night software)

Look west-north-west after sunset, while it’s still twilight, to spot bright Venus.  Once you find it, use a pair of binoculars to scan a little higher and a little to the left (south) for Jupiter and Mercury. If you have a telescope, you may want to find the planets with binoculars first anyway, to make it easier to point the ‘scope. Also, don’t forget to swing eastward to Saturn.

Jupiter is headed lower (westward) compared to Venus. By May 27, it’ll be beside Venus, and on May 30 the 3 planets will be in a line with Jupiter, Venus, the Mercury. But by the first week of June, Jupiter will disappear into the twilight, so get out there and look while you can!

 

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