Monday, November 19, 2012

The Planets: Where are they now?

   A few days ago, I mentioned exoplanets.  While it can be fun looking for new worlds, sometimes it's more fun to look at the worlds closer to home.  So, as per the mnemonic: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos, here's where the 8 planets are in the night sky.

    Mercury:  Mercury is currently hidden by the sun, but may be visible in the morning sky later in the week.

    Venus:  Venus is one of the easier planets to spot in the sky, due to being exceptionally bright. It currently rises before the sun, and is visible shortly before dawn.

    Earth:  Look down.

    Mars:  Mars is visible at dusk in the Southwestern sky, but is rather low.

    Jupiter:  Jupiter is high in the sky this month, so look for it in the constellation Taurus.

    Saturn:  Like Venus, rises before the sun, so look for it shortly before dawn.

    Uranus & Neptune:  Due to their distance, these two are difficult to spot without binoculars or a telescope.  That said, they can be found in the constellations Pisces and Aquarius.

Also, when you're out looking:  Saturn and Venus are scheduled to be very close together in the sky soon:  Look for this conjunction on the mornings of November 26th and 27th.

Happy hunting!

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