Four Planets in Evening Sky, April 11, 2012

During the next several evenings look for 4 planets in the evening sky. Jupiter is rapidly getting lower in the western sky as Venus sparkles near Aldebaran and the Pleiades.  As can been seen in the image above, made at 8:30 p.m. CDT in the Chicago area, choose your horizon well as neighboring houses and trees may block the view.

Mars is high in the southeastern sky during the early evening among the stars of Leo.

At the same time, Saturn appears low in the southeastern sky near the star Spica. As seen from this 30-second image, the planet can been seen through the bright lights of the surrounding area.  See more about the April sky in our monthly skywatching post

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