Beyond the Weather: Find planets with the moon

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Nighttime views have improved from last week because of the clearing in the sky. Take time some time over the next several nights to look beyond the weather as our sky remains mostly clear.

For the past several days, the moon has been in a waxing crescent phase. As you continue to watch the moon over the coming days, it will become fuller and higher off the southwest horizon at dusk. The planet Jupiter appears near and just to the lower right of the moon during this time.

As the week progresses, the moon will pair up with two other planets. Watch for Saturn to be near the moon in the southern sky on Monday. On Wednesday, the moon pairs with Mars, also in the southern sky.

Happy stargazing!