Visible evening planets
Venus is bright in the west after sunset.
Mars is high in the south.
Saturn is in the south at sunset and visible most of the night.
Visible morning planets
Jupiter rises at the start of morning twilight.
For more information about the visible evening planets and nighttime sky, download the planetarium's podcast "Skylights" from antpod.com.
A trio of planets is visible after the sun leaves the sky. From the west to east you may spot Venus, Mars, and Saturn.
Venus is the brightest evening night object except the moon at -4 magnitude. Look for the very bright "star" as soon as the sun sets. Venus sets about two and one half hours after the sun.
Next in line is Mars. Over the past couple of months you may have noticed its change in position in the sky. The wandering of Mars is pretty evident now due to the geometry of Earth's orbit and Mars' orbit. This month. Mars moves into the constellation Leo the Lion after spending considerable time in Cancer. It is becoming dimmer as Earth pulls away in its faster orbit. Mars sets shortly after midnight.