Sky show: Moon, Saturn and Jupiter dazzle in southern sky

Dry air mass makes for excellent viewing conditions

Southern sky at 11 pm Tuesday night
Southern sky at 11 pm Tuesday night.

An interesting sky show is visible in the southern sky this week.

Look south after sunset tonight if you can. There’s a great lineup of the moon and planets as darkness arrives.

Moon, Saturn and Jupiter

The just past full moon rises in the southeast sky at 9:38 p.m. in Minneapolis Tuesday night. As it rises higher in the southeast sky, you’ll see the moon to the left if you are facing south.

To the right, the bright white object is Saturn. Further right, bright reddish Jupiter glows as you approach due south between 11 p.m. to midnight. Jupiter is about 14 times brighter than Saturn. It appears much larger in the sky.

Here’s the 11 p.m. view of the southern sky over the Twin Cities from

Southern sky at 11 pm Tuesday night
Southern sky at 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

August sky watching

This is a great month for skywatchers in Minnesota. NASA explains how Mars and Venus shine in the morning sky in the coming days. We’ll also get another chance to see the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn, in the evening sky at the end of August.


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