Clouds part to reveal the planetary pile-up

The clouds of the past few days have moved out, so we have a chance to see the planets Venus, Mercury and Jupiter low in the northwest sky Monday night (if clouds from the next system don’t start to filter in). No telescope needed!

See Sky and Telescope’s web page for good maps of the sky and where to look.
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/The-May-June-2013-Planet-Dance-192020551.html

These three planets were closest together in our skies last night, and some saw them between the clouds.

Here’s a photo I took on Thursday night of the planets… click to view it full size. Venus is the brightest dot, Jupiter is to its upper left and Mercury is the faint dot to Venus’ right.
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They will be lined up diffrently tonight, as seen via the above link and this map from Carte du Ciel…

sky 25 minutes after sunset monday may 27...planets are 10 degrees above the horizon and getting lower - less than a fist held out at arm's length

sky 25 minutes after sunset monday may 27…planets are 10 degrees above the horizon and getting lower – less than a fist held out at arm’s length

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