Mars and Saturn Tonight, July 20, 2012

Mars and Saturn are visible in the southwestern skies tonight as shown in this 30-second image made at 9:30 p.m. CDT from the Chicago area. Both planets are in the southwestern sky. Saturn is above the star Spica, brightest in Virgo, with Mars farther to the west. During the next three weeks, watch Mars move between Saturn and Spica. The trio  appear lower in the sky from week to week at the same time. Locate an observing spot with a clear western horizon to watch this close approach of these three objects.

For our monthly sky watching posting, click here.  (Click the image to see it larger.)

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