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A Cosmic Team-Up of Planets This Weekend

NASA

The planets Venus and Jupiter will be prominent in the western evening sky at sunset today and tomorrow (Feb. 25 and 26), with the crescent moon nearby. The planet Mercury joins the cosmic team-up briefly just after sunset.

According to space.com Mars is also making an appearance this evening, but rises in the east a few hours after sunset.

“This is a great weekend to watch the sun go down. Venus, Jupiter and the slender crescent moon are lining up in the western sky, forming a bright triangle in the evening twilight,” astronomer Tony Phillips of the skywatching website Spaceweather.com wrote in an alert. “These three objects are so bright, they shine through thin clouds and even city lights.”

Starry Night Software/Space.com

If it is cloudy, rainy or snowy tonight, and visibility is obscured in the WNY area you can watch the events here.

[Skywatcher Photos: Jupiter, Venus & the Moon]

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