Jupiter, Saturn And The Moon Will Line Up In The Night Sky This Week

Mark your calendar!

Jupiter will be the brightest planet in the sky during the month of August — and beginning Friday, it will be lined up with Saturn and the moon.

For three days, the trio will be lined up side-by-side … by side. Those who look south in the night sky from Aug. 9-11 will be able to see the moon in a nearly straight line with Saturn and Jupiter.

This is a perfect weekend for photographers who want to capture images of these planets to head outdoors somewhere far from bright lights.

So, what does it mean when we say Jupiter is “bright” this month?

“By bright planet, we mean any solar system planet that is easily visible without an optical aid and that has been watched by our ancestors since time immemorial,” says.

Jupiter comes out at dusk and sets in the middle of the night.

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Getty Images | NASA

Here’s a more colorful picture of Jupiter from NASA’s Instagram: