Brilliant Venus shines from the western sky this evening. On a day that started windy with rapidly moving clouds, winds from the northwest prevailed and brought in classical May evening skies to the Chicago area.
Venus appears in the western sky throughout the spring and summer.
Meanwhile in the eastern sky, Jupiter appears near the horizon. Just a few days before its opposition, when it rises at sunset, Jupiter appears low in the sky. Jupiter’s opposition begins a 79-day interval where three bright outer planets — Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn — appear close to Earth and bright in our sky.
For more about the bright evening planets, see these articles:
- 2018: Five Planets Visible at Once
- 2018, Summer: Evening Planet Parade: Five Bright Planets Visible During One Evening
- 2018: Venus the Evening Star
- 2017-2019: Mars Observing Year with a Perihelic Opposition, July 27, 2018
- 2018: Mars Perihelic Opposition
- 2017-2018: Jupiter’s Year in the Claws of the Scorpion, A Triple Conjunction
- 2018: Three Planets at Opposition in 79 days
- 2018: Saturn with the Teapot