That Star is Venus! Featured

If you happened to be looking at the sky just after sunset last night, you may have noticed a really bright star next to the moon. Did you know you were looking at Venus?

Over the next 2 weeks the sky will be very interesting. We're in the middle of a five-planet season because Jupiter and Saturn are on the same side of the Sun.

Andrew talked with John Rowe the Education Coordinator from Stardome.

There are five planets to see in the evening sky stretching from east to west, Mars, Venus, Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter are able to be seen with the naked eye in the evening from just after sunset.

Mars and Saturn will be rising in the east, Jupiter will sit high overhead, and bright Venus and faint Mercury will be setting in the west.


Mars is looking the best in 15 years, and on the morning of July 28 there will be a total lunar eclipse.

But eventually Jupiter and Saturn will drift apart and once that occurs it will be another decade before the five planets come together once more.

Isn't God amazing! 

"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place" Psalm 8:3

Have a look at Stardome's website for free downloads ofstar charts for night sky exploring. The simple star charts help beginners recognise the major landmarks of the night sky and follow the motions of the bright planets. Click the month to download the pair of star charts – one looking east, the other west.

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