Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Three Planets Now Visible in Night Sky

Check this out everyone! Three planets will be visible along the western sky at dusk, forming a triangle. They will be most visible August 7th! This is the mere beginning of a special journey for these planets, that will last two months. Very similar to us, except we are going to last a lifetime!! :D

This is so interesting!! We lion three take it as a sign! Three planets, Three Lions. Not only that, they will be playing mostly in and around the constellation Leo!! How purrrfect! Please do yourself a favor and don't miss this unique and beautiful occurence!

Here's the full article (via redorbit):

People living in the northern hemisphere will be able to go out any night this week an hour after sunset and see Venus, Saturn and Mars.

The planet Venus will be located slightly north of west, in the constellation Gemini. To the left of Venus appearing in the constellation Leo, skywatchers will be able to spot Mars. Then, further to the left of Mars will be Saturn shining in the western part of the constellation Virgo.

All three planets will appear across a 71-degree angle in the night sky.
Venus, Mars and Saturn are all currently appearing slightly north of the ecliptic, the path the sun appears to follow over the year.
These three planets' position is in relation to the bright background stars, because they are beginning an interesting journey, in which starwatchers will be able to follow over the next two months.

Venus will have moved rapidly to the left in early July, crossing Cancer into Leo. Meanwhile, Mars will have moved somewhat to the left, and Saturn appears to have hardly moved at all.
The three planets have now covered only 37 degrees in the sky, which is only half the spread they show in early June.

In the first week of August, the planets will be crowded into a 7-degree angle, with Mars to the left of Saturn beside Virgo along with Venus as well.
All three planets will fit comfortably in the viewing field of a small pair of binoculars.
Venus will still be bright by August, but both Saturn and Mars will have faded so that they will just barely reach first magnitude. That is because Saturn and Mars are getting farther away from Earth while Venus gets closer.

The planets will appear in the same positions relative to each other in the southern hemisphere, but the ecliptic will be almost vertical.


  1. Milo & Parker's birthdays are this month! My babes are Leo's! And they are baby Dandy Lions, extra purrfect!

  2. Oops! that was me, Katy. Still logged in from earlier. Long day... lots of long days ahead :) Amazing post, Ali.