If the clouds stay away and allow it, stargazers will enjoy a treat in Friday night’s sky, for the second night in a row.
Stargazers could enjoy two celestial treats tonight and into the early morning hours. A trio of planets will accompany a crescent moon at dusk that will later be followed by the Perseid meteor shower which may bring a show of up to 50 shooting stars an hour.
Astronomer Dan Overcash, who operates the Milton Memorial Observatory says:
Look in the western sky about 8:30. By 8:30 or 9 tonight, as it gets dark, you can see Venus first, a very thin crescent moon, and Saturn and Mars.
As the thin waxing moon moves towards the west and the planets move into place, it may even have the appearance of a discombobulated smiley face.
Venus will be by far brighter than Mars and Saturn. You probably won’t see Mars and Saturn unless you know exactly where to look. But Venus is very obvious in the sky. Very bright.
So look for the planets beginning at dusk, then get ready for the Perseid shower which, unlike years past, will arrive early enough for most of us to see.