Mars & Other Planets Visible in Tonight’s Sky
If you have a telescope or a good pair of binoculars you may be able to spot several planets in the night sky tonight. Even if you don't have a telescope or binoculars then you don't need to worry so much cause Mars will be a very bright star tonight. Along with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky too.
Mars is so visible tonight as Mars is at its closest to Earth since 2003. Tonight, July 31st, will be the closest Mars has been to Earth since 2003, at just under 36.8 million miles (thats it!). Mars will be the brightest and you can see it's red-orange glow in the southern half of the sky all night long. It rises early in the evening in the southeast and sets in the southwest during morning twilight.
Along with Mars you will also be able to see two other planets that will be bright in the night sky tonight. Jupiter is shining brightly in the south-southwestern sky, Jupiter will be so bright tonight that you may mistake it for Mars but Saturn should have a different color. Meanwhile, Saturn is just off to the lower left in the low south-southeast. You can see more about it here, from WILX.
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