With all of the excitement about this week’s upcoming Perseids display, don’t forget that the early evening hours have their own celestial show.
Take a peek towards the western horizon as soon as it gets dark this evening. Use brilliant Venus to find Mars and Saturn nearby. If you have a clear view close to the horizon you might even be able to see quickly sinking Mercury.
Don’t worry if you miss the show tonight, the planets will be close together for the next week or so. In fact, the Moon will join the fun starting tomorrow night.