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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

What is the planet in the south west sky?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19059points) January 18th, 2017

I can’t tell if it is Jupiter or Mars? In Alberta Canada.

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Zaku's avatar

On a clear night you can currently see both Venus and Mars. Venus is much brighter and lower and to the right. Mars is redder.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

On a clear night you can see Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn with the naked eye. With binoculars, you can also see Neptune and Uranus. But you have to be away from cities, smog and light polution to see most of them. All of these are visible in tonight’s sky.

HERE is a really good, interactive sky chart that LuckyGuy turned me on to. Just punch in your town’s name and your local time in the little window in the upper right of the page and the skiy from your POV will appear. Refresh it every hour or so to keep it current. It’s an amazingly detailed chart.

HERE is a site that will tell you when these planets, stars and moon will rise and set in your sky. Just punch in your town name and it will give the correct times. When you know these things and you are out camping or sailing, you always know approximately what time it is.

And if you’re really good at yoga, you can see Uranus anytime night or day.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar


The interactive sky chart for Red Deer, Alberta at 8pm MST shows Venus very low on your western horizon and the bright star Sirius on your southwest horizon.

Here is the current sky chart for Red Deer.

Here is the schedule for visible planets in the Red Deer night sky.

Stinley's avatar

If you have a smart phone you can download a sky map app. I used the Google one which worked fine on Android. I don’t have one at the moment on my iPhone (recommendations please!)

Once you turn it on, you point it at the area of the sky and it shows on screen what you are looking at. They are really great for us interested but clueless amateurs.

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