Love Triangle between Venus, Jupiter and Mars, just in time for Valentines Day

Jupiter and Venus Cozy Up, Just In Time For Valentine’s Day Stargazers are in for a treat this month as five of the X planets are visible in the night sky. Notably, Venus and Jupiter will burn brightly – appearing as the first two “stars” to show themselves after the sun goes down. Later in the month five of the X planets will be visible in the night sky. Here’s a Guide to Where & When to Look: Mars: In early February, Mars will rise in the east around 8 or 9 pma Venus: In late February (24th-26th), Venus will hover near the crescent moon right after sunset. Jupiter: Jupiter will appear high in the southwest sky and will remain visible for ~four hours after sunset. Jupiter’s four largest moons should be visible with a backyard telescope. Starting closest to Jupiter, these moons are named Lo, Europa, Ganymed and Callisto. Mercury: Mercury will peek over the horizon in late February as well. This dimmer planet can be located by drawing a straight line through Jupiter and Venus. For readers in the Washington, D.C. area, the Air & Space Museum will be hosting an XX at the planetarium this coming XX. If you’d like to trade in your backyard telescope for a chance to peer through the XX, take a look our “Astronomy in Arizon http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury

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