The brightest planets in August’s night sky: How to see them (and when)

Step outside anytime this month just before the stroke of midnight and you’ll be able to see three bright naked-eye planets.  Jupiter and Saturn are near their highest point in the southern sky, while Mars begins to ascend the eastern sky. If you’re an early riser and head out about an hour before sunrise during the first week of August you’ll have a chance at seeing five bright planets at the same time: Mercury, low in the east-northeast; brilliant Venus, higher up to the upper right of Mercury; Mars high and almost due south, while Jupiter and Saturn approach their setting in the west-southwest.

Mercury will disappear by the second week of August.  

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