Celestial Treat: Planets to appear quite close Tuesday night

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A little night sky watching might be on tap Tuesday night as two planets in our solar system will appear quite close together.

Past sunset, there will be two bright lights in the sky to point out as Mercury and Saturn will look like a little cluster, or a conjunction–with Saturn on the right side and just above Mercury to the left.

This is quite remarkable because these two planets are about 800 million miles apart and from our point of view on Earth, they appear to be next to each other.

To see it, look 45 to 60 minutes past sunset Tuesday and it will be in the southwest sky. If you look at the direction of the sun during sunset, that is the west sky. Face to the left of that direction.

If you miss this event, the next time this happens will be on January 13, 2018.

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