Venus Chases Mars

This weekend is forecast to be a snowy one in Chicago, but the next time there is a clear evening, look for brilliant Venus dominating the southwestern sky at twilight and through the early evening. Once you find Venus, look diagonally above and to the left until you find Mars; it is much fainter than Venus, but still easy to find even in the city skies. It looks like an orange star tha doesn’t twinkle.

Venus’s position in the sky changes quite a bit during the month of December. In fact, as the month progresses, you will see it move ever closer to Mars. It won’t ever catch up completely (this time), but observe what happens to these two through the end of the year and into early 2017. 

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