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Moon, Venus, and Mars appear together

The Moon, Venus, and Mars all appearing over Gulfport on Tuesday night The Moon, Venus, and Mars all appearing over Gulfport on Tuesday night
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

You can see the Moon almost every night in the sky. However, catching Venus or Mars can be a bit more challenging. How about seeing them all at once?

Sky watchers on Tuesday night were in for a treat when that exact thing happened: the Moon, Venus, and Mars all appeared together at the same time and in the same part of the sky.

Viewers said the rare phenomenon appeared to form a triangle pattern in the sky with each celestial body as a point.

Many WLOX viewers submitted photos of this sky show via their WLOX Weather App.

If you missed the display, don't despair. The Moon, Venus, and Mars will appear again on Wednesday night according to Earth Sky.

For a good view, wait until after Wednesday's sunset which will be around 5:30 PM. Then, as the sky darkens during the evening hours, find the Moon above. You may already see bright Venus near the Moon. But, you'll have to look really closely to make out dim Mars.

The moon will be heading toward the western horizon as it sets around 10:30 PM Wednesday night.

"So, if you're looking above or toward the western sky on Wednesday evening between about 6 and 10 tonight, you should be able to see the Moon, Venus, and Mars," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "This time around, instead of forming a triangle, they may form a line next to the Pisces Constellation."

Will there be clouds in tonight's sky, possibly blocking your view? View the latest forecast for your location in our WLOX Weather App.

Don't have the app? Click here to find out how to get it.

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