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Watch the Moon, Mars, and Venus form a celestial conga line on July 12

Early on the night of Monday, 12 July, a skinny crescent Moon can be seen low on the horizon, simply after sundown. Just half a level beneath and to the precise of our planetary companion, Venus and Mars — the 2 closest planets to Earth, will shine within the twilight.

This is an ideal time for households to enterprise exterior, viewing the wonders of the evening sky.

“I’m NOT a Star” — Venus

Venus is commonly referred to as the morning star, or night star (relying on when the planet rises and units), because of the reality it’s seen close to the Sun — within the east at daybreak, and west at sundown.

The night of 12 July is an ideal instance of Venus because the night star.

This planet, roughly the scale and mass of the Earth, is residence to a hellish panorama of scorching temperatures, a toxic ambiance, and sulfuric acid rain.
“In June, NASA announced that two new space missions would be heading to Venus beginning later in the decade. VERITAS and DAVINCI+ will investigate the planet’s surface and atmosphere, returning incredible images, maps, and other data, likely rewriting our understanding of how Earth’s sister planet became so inhospitable, along with how it might still be active today. They’ll be joined by the European spacecraft EnVision, for what’s sure to be an exciting new chapter in solar system exploration,” NASA describes.

“Better Red than Dead — Eat THAT, Pluto!” — Mars

Credit: The Cosmic Companion