As summer comes to a close and fall begins to bring cooler temperatures, Jupiter and Saturn continue to shine after sunset. For most of the summer the solar system’s two largest planets have been glowing in the southern sky. Now they have moved to the southwestern sky during the evening hours as they inch ever closer night by night to the setting sun.
Jupiter, sitting above-left of the red giant star Antares, is still the brightest ‘star’ in the sky. Look for it high in the SW after nightfall. Saturn is located to the left of Jupiter and looks like a semi-bright yellowish ‘star’. If you have a telescope pointing it in the direction of these two planets can be a treat. You can see Jupiter’s weather systems and four of its largest moons. Saturn’s beautiful rings and a few dim moons await those who point a telescope in its’ direction.
Step outside and look to the SW as night fall to see our solar system’s two largest planets.