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5 planets may be visible in the night sky this week

5 planets may be visible in the night sky this week

Five planets – Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Mars – will be visible in the night sky for many viewers on Earth around March 27 and 28.

The celestial bodies will appear in a strip of sky near the waxing crescent moon, but experts say what you see will largely depend on where you are.

People with an unobstructed view of the horizon and clear skies will have the best chance of seeing Jupiter and Mercury, says Rick Fienberg, senior contributing editor of Sky & Telescope magazine.

"Wait until the sun goes down and then go out and look down at that bright part of the sky where the sun has just set with binoculars, and you should see the brightest Jupiter next to the faintest Mercury," Fienberg told NPR.

Venus, the brightest of the group, will be high in the sky and easier to spot, he added, while nearby Uranus may appear faint and visible only with binoculars. Red Mars will shine brightly next to the moon.

Fienberg said you'll be able to see the "planetary parade" from anywhere on Earth, but those in the northern hemisphere may have a better view.