Mars in the night sky: To find Mars, look low and to the West just after sunset. The planet will be roughly 30 degrees above the horizon. Although Mars is definitely visible you can also see Saturn and Spica, one of the brightest stars. Yes, you can use a telescope but all three are definitely visible to the naked eye. If you should use a telescope Saturn appears golden, Spica is blue-white, and Mars is rusty red but that was a no-brainer! On Aug. 21, the moon will pass near Mars, Saturn and Spica, which may help some observers spot the trio. The next time the moon will shine close to Mars will be on the evening of Sept. 19.
Orion the hunter & Sirius the dog star: The changing seasons become obvious in the predawn and dawn sky - Orion the Hunter and Sirius the Dog Star. The constellation Orion the Hunter rises just before dawn at this time of year, and Sirius follows Orion into the sky close to that time.As the temperature grows colder Orion will become visible in the evening, hunting in the SouthEast during Summer but after sunset and to the west last spring, and, in early summer, this constellation was behind the sun as seen from Earth. When a constellation becomes visible again, after being behind the sun, it always appears in the east before sunrise. Because – as Earth orbits the sun – all the stars rise two hours earlier with each passing month, Orion is now higher at dawn than a month ago.