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Other than Earth, there are five planets which can be seen without the aid of any telescope. They are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. On March 22, 2004, you can see all of them in the evening sky.


On this day, look at the western horizon at sundown. Look for mercury. It is a bright object shining through the rosy glow of the setting sun. If you find difficulty in finding it, then look for Moon. Mercury will lie directly below the crescent Moon.


Join Mercury and Moon with an imaginary line and trace the line upward. In order, you will see Venus, Mars, and Saturn. Venus is highly bright. Mars is dim red, and Saturn is yellow. Now, take an about turn and look at the eastern sky. You will find Jupiter. It is much brighter than Mercury, Mars, and Saturn, but less bright than Venus.


On March 24, 2004, Venus and Moon will be side by side.


On March 25, 2004, it will be very easy to locate Mars because it will be right beside the Moon.




The show continues on March 28th when the quarter Moon glides by Saturn, on March 29th when Mercury reaches its highest point in the evening sky, and April 2nd when the full Moon passes Jupiter.


By the end of March, Mercury will be sinking back into the glare of the Sun.



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