Jupiter, Saturn and Mars All Visible a Few Hours After Sunset


Evening views of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars are easy to see in the evening sky currently in September 2020.

On Sunday, September 20, 2020 …

Jupiter is in the southwest sky and doesn’t set until 12:35 a.m. Monday.

Saturn is in the southwest sky and doesn’t set until 1:15 a.m. Monday.

Mars rises in the east horizon at 8:12 p.m., and is very bright because it is about to be at opposition (October 13, 2020) — the positioning when Mars and the Sun are on optimal opposite sides as observed from Earth. With near optimal reflection of the sun’s light back to earth, Mars is almost as bright as Jupiter with a Magnitude of -2.29 (compared to Jupiter’s -2.43) on Sunday night.

On October 13, 2020 the magnitude of Mars will be -2.6.

Venus, by the way, rises at 3:04 a.m. Monday (3h 33m before sunrise at 6:37 a.m.) — brighter than Jupiter and Mars with a magnitude of -4.15.

Rise/Set/Magnitude data from The Sky LIVE


Recent observations on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Jupiter & Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn setting in the southwest sky.


Mars rising in the east horizon.





Using an 8″ aperture telescope

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