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Note to sky watchers: Put on your coats. What you’re about to read might make you feel an uncontrollable urge to dash outside.
The brightest planets in the solar system are lining up in the evening sky, and you can see the formation—some of it at least—tonight.
The planets Venus and Jupiter dominate the western evening sky at sunset on Sunday, with the crescent moon hovering nearby. The planet Mercury joins the cosmic trio briefly just after sunset before slipping below the horizon, according to Tariq Malik of space.com
The planet Mars is also making its own appearance in the evening sky, but rises in the east a few hours after sunset in its own solo celestial show.
The sky maps of Jupiter, Venus and the moon here show how the bright objects, as well as Mars later, will appear in the night sky.
Tonight, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury will align in a diagonal line (with Jupiter at the top) with the moon appearing just above and at the right of Venus. On Sunday night, the cosmic line-up happens again, but this time the moon will appear higher in the sky, just to the right of Jupiter.
"This arrangement will be visible all around the world, from city and countryside alike," Phillips explained in a NASA announcement. "The moon, Venus and Jupiter are the brightest objects in the night sky; together they can shine through urban lights, fog, and even some clouds."
Originally posted by Trublbrwing
reply to post by STEADFast
I am not going outside at night EVER again. I just read your post and since last night's view was of a "horned" moon in the northern hemisphere flanked by Venus and Jupiter I thought I would take a peek.
I looked up and right above my head was a very bright planet (it did not twinkle) with a yellow glow that had me hypnotized for a moment. To the left of this light something was moving and it caught my attention, it was a flock of white birds of substantial size so perhaps they were ducks or geese or freakin white zombie bats, I don't even care anymore.
I watched the flock of birds heading south west at 11:30pm lit by the light of that weird yellow star and whatever the hell else was in the sky that I know NOTHING about and noticed the familiar crazy "roaring" noise that half the world hears and the other half denies. It's been going on here for a long time so sometimes I just block it out, but tonight it added to the creepy twilight zone zombie bats from hell ambiance.
I was gonna go upstairs and tell my wife to come out and have a look, then I realized she would just give me one of those "you need a nap" looks and locked the door.