Venus, Mars and Saturn form a celestial triangle before dawn: How to see it
You can spot them Sunday and Monday, before sunrise.
You can spot a triangular alignment of three bright worlds Sunday (March 27) and Monday (March 28) in the predawn hours.
Involved in this collection of worlds will be cloudy Venus, bright Mars and ringed Saturn. Also joining them on Monday will be the crescent moon, making this a bright group indeed. You can see this entire collection with the naked eye, but a bit more detail will be visible in binoculars or a telescope.
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To see the show, we recommend heading out at least 20 minutes before sunrise in your local region. So in New York City, for example, you will want to head out a little before 6:30 a.m. local time.
Look east, which should be easy to spot, especially on Monday, when the moon is bright in the sky. Venus will be the glittering world at the top ‘left’ of the triangle, as visible with the naked eye. The clouds surrounding the planet are highly reflective, and the world will shine at roughly -4.7 magnitude.
Slightly below Venus will be Saturn, the great ringed world. Saturn is dimmer right now, at roughly 0.7 magnitude. But you can still easily spot it with the naked eye; bear in mind that most people can see down to magnitude 6 in dark-sky conditions.
Finally, Mars will be to the right of both the planets. It’s creeping towards magnitude 1 and should be easy to spot, with its red color