Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tonight's Sky for July 18: Moon Meets Jupiter and Venus


New to astronomy? Want to see Venus and
 Jupiter but don't know where to look? Well, it's your lucky night as the waning crescent Moon will be right next to the planets this evening. 

To see the show, just go out after sunset and look low in the West. The Moon is, of course, impossible to miss. As for the planets, they're bright 'stars' flanking Luna, with Venus being the brighter and Jupiter the dimmer. The way to tell that these are planets? Unlike stars, planet's don't twinkle thanks to the fact that they shine from reflected light. 

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