Another chance tonight to see Mars, Venus and moon align

South Florida’s clear skies this week will offer a view of a stunning celestial trio that will be hard to miss.

The brilliant waxing crescent moon will be joined by Venus, the brightest planet in our universe, just as the sun is setting.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

As the night darkens further, Mars should appear in between the moon and Venus. Although it will be fainter than both, Mars should be visible with the naked eye. It certainly was vivid enough Tuesday night to be seen without binoculars. I could even see the reddish hue.

The configuration will look like this tonight:

 

Feb. 1, 2017

Feb. 1, 2017

“Venus shines some 185 times more brilliantly than Mars does at present, explaining why Venus comes out first thing at dusk whereas Mars must wait until dark to make its presence known,” wrote Bruce McClure in his blog for EarthSky. 

The trio will line up next to the constellation Pisces.

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By Thursday evening, the moon will be higher in the sky than Venus and Mars but the trio will still be visible. Use the moon to find the two planets, which will appear down and to the right.

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