5 planets visible in sky next two weeks

A regional jet passed in front of Venus in this June 5, 2012 file photo shot through a Baader Solar Filter.
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A regional jet passed in front of Venus in this June 5, 2012 file photo shot through a Baader Solar Filter.

The first two weeks of August will offer plenty to see in the evening sky.

Five planets will be visible after sunset Aug. 4-11.

The waxing crescent moon will be thin, but Aug. 4-7 watch it glide through the night first near Mercury and Venus then closer to Jupiter, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini, according to NASA data.

"Head out and look to the western sky about 40 minutes after sunset," Zontini said. "If you have a clear view of the horizon you will have a better chance to see the show. The easiest trio to spot will be the waxing crescent moon, Saturn and Mars Aug. 11."

Zontini says look to the south to southwestern sky about 40 minutes after sunset and a little higher up to see these three glowing together.

Next up will be the Perseid Meteor Shower, she said. Check back online for more information on that.

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