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

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

It is a excellent time for households to enterprise outdoors, viewing the wonders of the night time sky.

“I’m NOT a Star” — Venus

Venus is usually referred to as the morning star, or night star (relying on when the planet rises and units), because of the truth it’s seen close to the Solar — 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 dwelling to a hellish panorama of scorching temperatures, a toxic environment, and sulfuric acid rain.
“In June, NASA introduced that two new house missions can be heading to Venus starting later within the decade. VERITAS and DAVINCI+ will examine the planet’s floor and environment, returning unbelievable pictures, maps, and different information, probably rewriting our understanding of how Earth’s sister planet grew to become so inhospitable, together with the way it would possibly nonetheless be energetic in the present day. They’ll be joined by the European spacecraft EnVision, for what’s positive to be an thrilling new chapter in photo voltaic system exploration,” NASA describes.

“Higher Crimson than Useless — Eat THAT, Pluto!” — Mars

Credit score: The Cosmic Companion