See Mars, Venus, and Mercury near the crescent moon on July 19

Hopefully, the skies in your area will be clear tonight (July 19), because there will be an excellent grouping of celestial bodies shortly after sunset.

As smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to create hazy skies in many parts of North America, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars are moving ahead with their planned night-sky party tonight. Just after sunset, the faintest sliver of a two-day-old crescent moon will be low in the western sky. It will be joined by three of the inner planets of the solar system, not far from each other in the sky in the constellation Leo, Leo.

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