Have you been wondering what that bright light in the sky by the moon has been for the past few days? It’s not just a normal star… It’s actually the brightest planet of them all, Venus! Venus is only one of the few planets that are currently visible to the naked eye for just a few weeks. For the rest of this month, you’re not going to want to miss checking out the night skies in New Jersey. Multiple planets such as Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will be on display and you will be able to see them pretty clearly.

Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / Eric James

According to nj.com if you look at the moon between sundown and 9:00 p.m. you can see Mercury right below the moon. If you’re searching for Venus, because it is the brightest planet, you will be able to see it without the help of any binoculars or telescopes in its position beside the moon between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. To see Jupiter, all you have to do is look right under the moon but this sight is only visible until 11:30 p.m. For Saturn, all you have to do is look to the bottom left side of the moon and you’ll be able to see it until 2:00 a.m. on July 24th. Finally, on July 27th Mars is going to be super close to us and will be out all night for you to see so be sure to check it out! Viewing these planets now is a must because it only happens irregularly every few years, so grab some binoculars or a telescope and look up at the night sky for an amazing sight!