Venus, Uranus, Mars, Moon & ISS: Spectacular image in the evening sky

A look at the evening sky is particularly worthwhile today and in the coming evenings. Because against the backdrop of the constellation Taurus, a rarely seen collection of objects from our solar system presents itself.

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Where the weather permits, the interested observer should direct their gaze towards the west around 8:30 p.m. today. The waxing moon can be seen there as the most obvious object. To the right Venus presents itself as a bright evening star and right next to it is Uranus. Mars can also be seen to the left of the moon.
Constellation in today’s night sky at 20:30 (Image: SkyView)

However, most observers should not be able to see this constellation completely with the naked eye. Because Uranus is theoretically still bright enough to see it without tools – but this only applies in regions with hardly any light pollution. In most towns there is simply too much ambient light for the distant gas planet to be visible – but binoculars alone can help here.

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ISS uses the stage design

The set of planets is actually completed by Jupiter and Mercury, which are almost on the same line of sight from Earth. However, by the time it is dark enough to see the planets, they will have set just below the horizon. With a bit of luck, at least Jupiter can still be seen in the evening twilight shortly before eight.

But the spectacle is not yet completely filled with that. This evening at 8:31 p.m. the International Space Station ISS will also fly through the picture and be seen in full luminosity due to the fact that it is still fully illuminated by the sun that has just set. The orbit of the space station is right now, so that it will be visible again and again in the evening sky from Germany in the coming days.


  • Evening sky: Moon, Venus, Uranus, Mars
  • Jupiter & Mercury just over the horizon
  • International Space Station ISS: visible & glowing
  • Uranus only visible in regions without light pollution
  • Observation Time: 8:30 p.m. Westbound
  • ISS visible again and again in the coming days
  • Taurus constellation as backdrop

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