From bright Venus getting brighter to the Moon passing gas giants, find out what’s going on in our Solar System this month.
Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune are in position for prime viewing this month, while Mercury, Venus and Uranus will also be showing well in the sky.
This month, watch as speedy Mercury nears Mars on August 18, while Jupiter and Saturn continue their dance through the southern sky.
Venus will be bright, and look for dimmer Mars as they pass one another mid-month. Also, Jupiter and Saturn approach their August oppositions.
Jupiter and Saturn will start rising before midnight this month, while Mars and Venus start to spend more time in evening twilight.
Mercury is the planet to watch this month, as it wanes and treks away from the Sun, passing Venus and the Moon.
While Jupiter draws farther away from Saturn, the Moon will pass the two April 6-7. Speedy Mercury will also pass by bright Venus on April 25.
This month, the old crescent Moon passes south of the pre-dawn planets from March 9-11, and Mars moseys between the Hyades and Pleiades.
While some planets spend time basking in sunlight, look for Mars’ visit with the Moon February 18.