If you live in the northern hemisphere, especially in the United States or Canada, get outside and watch the skies once the sun goes down. Why? Well because you won’t want to miss the chance to see five of the planets in our solar system flashing against the dark firmament. Right before dusk, or at dusk, you’ll see Mercury on the horizon in the West. Later, Jupiter and Venus (the closest and the brightest) rise in the West too. They look like car headlights, slightly skewed. Or they did tonight. They were separated by only 3 degrees tonight (the 13th), and are slated to come into a close approach again towards the end of the month (around March 23rd) so you have another chance to see them if you missed it tonight. Mars is out too, in the East and it’s extremely bright. It’s apparently the closest its been to Earth in a long time. I thought it looked slightly red tonight, but that’s probably my imagination. So when you find Jupiter and Venus, turn all the way around, and you’ll see Mars. Saturn isn’t as spectacular, and it waits for Venus to nearly disappear before even showing up. Look for it up high over head as it won’t get moving until around 10:00PM according to most sites. It’ll be close to the Moon and two sites I found said you really need to be looking at 3AM.
Tonight I was able to find the Big Dipper and Dad found Polaris which helped us find North. Then then we found Jupiter and Venus (it helps to know direction when looking for stars just a little) and while we were marveling at them. Mom found Mars. I found Orion and the Pleiades too. It was a fantastic night for stargazing, and the show was spectacular. It made me think of these verses;
Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades
or loose the cords of Orion?
Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
or can you guide the Bear with its children? ~Job 38:31-32
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. ~Psalm 19:1-4
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.~Psalm 147:4
Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.~Isaiah 40:26
Yahweh knows them by name, He keeps them where they are supposed to be, and when He calls, the stars come, dancing.