Mars

2021, May 10: Five Planets on Parade

May 10, 2021: Five planets are on display.  Jupiter and Saturn are visible in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  Brilliant Venus, Mercury, and Mars shine from the western sky after sunset.  Only the sun disrupts a continuous view of the five worlds.

2021, May 8: Watch the Planet Parade

May 8, 2021: Five planets are visible during morning and evening appearances.  Jupiter and Saturn are visible before sunrise.  Daylight interrupts the viewing until evening, when Venus, Mercury, and Mars are visible in the west after sundown.

2021, May 6: 24 Hours, 5 Planets, Moon

May 6, 2021: During a 24-hour period, the five bright planets and the moon are visible.  Before sunrise this morning, Saturn, Jupiter, and the crescent moon are lined up in the southeast.  After sunset, brilliant Evening Star Venus is visible after sunset.  As the sky darkens Mercury, then Mars, appears in the western sky.

2021, May 5: Evening Lineup, Venus, Mercury, Mars

May 5, 2021:  Brilliant Venus, Mercury, and Mars are visible in the western sky after sunset.  Venus is visible low in the west-northwest about 30 minutes after sunset.  By 45 minutes after sundown, Mercury is visible to the brilliant planet’s upper left.  Mars is easily visible and hour after the sun sets, about one-third of the way up in the west, in front of the stars of Gemini.

2021, May 4: Brilliant Evening Star Venus, Mercury, Mars

May 4, 2021: This morning the moon is near Jupiter and Saturn before sunrise.  Look about an hour before sunup.  Bright Jupiter is to the upper left of the thick lunar crescent, while Saturn is to the upper right.May 4, 2021: Three planets are visible after sunset. Brilliant Venus is low in the west-northwest after sundown. Mercury is above Venus. It is visible lower as the sky darkens. As night falls, Mars is over a third of the way up in the west, under Castor and Pollux, the Gemini Twins.

2021, May 3: Evening Star Venus, Mercury, Mars

May 3, 2021: Three bright planets are visible after sunset. Brilliant Venus is low in the west-northwest, with Mercury to its upper left.  As the sky darkens further a binocular reveals that speedy Mercury is to the lower left of the Pleiades star cluster.  Mars is visible in a darker sky in Gemini, below Castor and Pollux.