The moon and its planetary companions present this week’s sky show.
The moon is already Visit Venus and Saturn In the night sky for the past few days, and tonight (December 8) the Earth’s natural satellite will appear next to Jupiter. Look toward the western sky an hour or so after sunset for a closer look at the dazzling duo.
Saturn and Venus will also be part of this view, lined up in a diagonal line that runs down and right Jupiter.
Deborah Bird and John Jardine Goss wrote in a recent conversation: “It’s as if they were on a celestial chain. Indeed, we astronomers call this imaginary thread across our sky the ecliptic.” EarthSky Story. “It’s really the flat plane of our solar system, the plane in which all the major planets — and for the most part, their moons — move around the sun.”
The moon will continue to move high in the sky over the coming days, moving away from the trio of planets. But it will still be relatively close to Jupiter tomorrow evening (December 9), so be sure to take a look after that, too.
And you might want to give Venus, which is currently the brightest planet in the evening sky, a little more attention. The second rock from the sun will disappear below the evening horizon in early January, and appear later in the same month as the “Morning Star” that rises before sunrise. Venus will not return to the evening sky until December 2022.
Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and (obviously) the Moon are all visible to the naked eye at the moment. But if you want to improve your view, check out our guide to Best binoculars deals and the best telescope deals available now. and us The best cameras for astrophotography And Best lenses for astrophotography It can help you choose the best equipment for capturing and saving sky watching scenes.
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