Patrick's Planets 25 Mar 2017
Mercury will be visible low in the western sky (15°) after sunset and will remain visible for a while after the end of evening twilight (9°).
Venus will be visible very low on the eastern horizon (7°) immediately before morning sunrise.
Mars will be medium low in the western sky (25°) after evening twilight and will set in the north-west about two and a half hours before local midnight. Mars is a long way from opposition so it will appear very small in a telescope.
Jupiter will rise in the east about four and a half hours before local midnight and will be low in the south-western sky (11°) by the start of morning twilight. The planet is approaching opposition and will reach it's highest point in the hour after local midnight before sinking down again towards the south-west. This is an excellent time to view the planet in a telescope.
Saturn will rise in the south-east about one and three quarter hours after local midnight and will be low in the southern sky (16°) by the start of morning twilight. Saturn is also a long way from opposition but the planet will still appear a decent size in a telescope.
Local midnight at Greenwich tonight will be about 00:06 GMT. West of Greenwich local midnight will be later, east will be earlier.
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