Planets sandwich the moon

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Tonight, Saturday, December 3, 2016, the moon is set to be sandwiched between the bright planet Venus and the reddish planet Mars. Venus and the moon will pop out at dusk this evening with Mars following not too far behind.

If you’re lucky (and have a set of binoculars), you may also catch a third planet, Mercury. It will be near the horizon, on line with the moon and Venus on December 3, 2016. You’ll only be able to see it for about 80 to 90 minutes after dusk before it follows the sun below the horizon.

The moon and Mars, however, will stay out for several hours after sunset. Those will likely be easier to spot than Mercury.


Our weather here in Eastern North Carolina will not be ideal for viewing tonight, as clouds move in, but I think you’ll have a decent shot at it.




– Meteorologist Pierce Legeion

Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.


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