Nature’s Night-time Planet Show.

I show this sun-set display this past weekend on Saturday night when my youngest daughter and son-in-law were here.

If you’re into star-gazing, nothing puts on a show like Mother Nature!

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The glitterati of the solar system turned out this weekend for an Oscar-worthy show: a triple play featuring Jupiter, the moon and Venus in evening skies. This photo, snapped by photographer Jeff Berkes in Pennsylvania’s Chester County, is a classic portrayal.

“The crescent moon, Venus and Jupiter have formed a slim triangle in the western skies at sunset,” Berkes told me in an email today. “It is also visible tonight, with the moon right next to Jupiter and Venus shining bright below them.”

And that’s not all: Mars rises in the east a few hours after sunset. This sky guide from Space.com’s Tariq Malik provides the details. Even if the skies are cloudy all night, you can still get in on the fun online via Slooh.com’s planet-watching webcast.

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The weather forecast calls for clear at sun-down again. I plan to check it out!

Moon and planets add sparkle to sunset

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