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  • Denny Granstrand
    Hi Yakkers, It looks like tonight will be a great night to see five planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Half an hour or so after sunset, look
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2004
      Hi Yakkers,

      It looks like tonight will be a great night to see five planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Half an hour or so after sunset, look almost exactly west and you will be able to see Mercury just above the horizon. It appears to be orange. Above it and to the left a little is Venus, then you'll find the faint reddish Mars just above Venus. Saturn is nearly straight up with Jupiter bright in the east.

      The five planets make an arch across the sky. They are in a straight line if you tilt your head just right.

      With a spotting scope you can easily see the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter.

      Have fun,

      Denny

      * Denny Granstrand *
      * Yakima, WA *
      * dgranstrand@... *
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