Two planets in the sky

There are two prominent planets in the night sky this fall season, both of them very easy to spot with the naked eye.

As the sun sets in the south west, you’ll notice a very bright “star” hovering about 2 fist-widths above the horizon. This is Venus. Venus is so bright that on a very clear day and with a keen eye, you can even see it in the mid to late afternoon.

Wait a few more hours, closer to midnight, and look up in the east-north-east sky. You’ll notice another bright “star” which stands out from the rest and that it has a orange-like hue to it. This is Mars.