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Matt's World Of Weather: SkyCast

The official start of Autumn comes on Friday and as the Earth tilts, a new sky window will open up. When it comes to stargazing, there are a couple reasons I get excited about the fall season. For starters, the colder atmosphere makes for crisper images and the cooler temperatures make for less mosquito bites. Personally, I'll gladly take three layers of clothing over one layer of itchy extremities any day (night) of the year. Below you will find the latest planet locations for the morning and night. The only problem you may run into this weekend is the thick cloud cover. Hopefully we'll clear out by Sunday...

Don't look now, but there is a giant outside your window! ...We'll, a gas giant. A very harmless, but bright gas giant named Jupiter. While we are unable to calculate the intelligence of Jupiter, we assume he's a smart cookie because of how bright he can be. Jupiter is easily seen after the sun goes down and sometimes even through thin cloud cover. For the rest of the month, and into October, the gas giant, Jupiter, will rise in the east at night and set in the west during the morning.

Speaking of the morning, we'll be able to double our planet sightings prior to sunrise this week. As mentioned earlier, Jupiter will be on the night shift, but he will be joined by the Roman god of war, Mars. The Red Planet will wake up a little earlier then the sun (7:00am) so anytime before should provide a nice view. Mars will rise in east and Jupiter will be in the west. Be sure to check out the video for a more precise idea of where and when to look.


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