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article imageMars, Saturn, Venus create celestial line, triangle in July

By Andrew Moran     Jul 3, 2010 in Science
During the fourth of July weekend, Americans will be able to see the planets Mars, Saturn and Venus make a celestial line. Towards the end of the month, they will form an isosceles triangle. Even Mercury will make a brief appearance.
On Sunday, millions of Americans will gaze at the sky to watch the fireworks but as you do, don’t forget to look out for three planets making a celestial line formation in the western part of the sky.
According to Sky and Telescope, Venus will appear to be very bright in the western sky as well with the planets Mars and Saturn and the stars Regulus and Spica. The last time this happened was in 2002 when Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury generated a line up.
However, that is not all. On July 9, reports the Windsor Star, Venus will be on top of Regulus, making it only two Moon diameters away. One week later, Venus will pull east of Regulus and come closer to Mars, while the Red Planet moves east towards Saturn but at a slower pace than Venus.
By the end of the month, Mars will be below Saturn and then the three planets will form an isosceles triangle in the dusky evening at about 45 minutes after sunset on July 31. If it is a clear night sky, then it is possible to see Mercury to the right of the Moon.
The Chronicle Herald reports that it will be visible to track Venus in daylight with binoculars or a sharp eye. But of all of this celestial activity can be seen as of 9 p.m. in the evenings of July.
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