This Week's Night Sky: Look Up to Catch Venus in Prime Time
Venus will be bright and easy to find, helping even the most amateur sky-watcher get started on spotting the planets.
The goddess of love puts on her best appearance this week as Venus takes center stage early Monday evening and lives up to the name of evening star.
Brilliant Venus will appear to line up to the left of the two stars, making for a pretty sight visible with the naked eye. The 33-light-year distant Pollux will be only about 5 degrees from the planet—equal to about the width of your 3 middle fingers held at arm’s length.
The ringed gas giant is just past opposition, or opposite the sun in the sky, when it's at its biggest and brightest, so expect telescope views to be particularly amazing.
While the moon is only 1.3 light-seconds away, light from Saturn takes nearly 75