planet Western Slope Skies - Mars Lights Up the Night By Jeff Reynolds • Jul 13, 2018 As evening twilight darkens the July sky, a brilliant orange star rises in the southeast. This is actually not a star, but the planet Mars. Western Slope Skies - Mercury In the Evening By Jeff Reynolds • Mar 24, 2017 Mercury, the innermost and speediest planet, can be hard to see, because it never appears very far from the brilliant Sun in our sky. Western Slope Skies - Venus In the Evening By Jeff Reynolds • Jan 13, 2017 NASA/JPL What’s that brilliant “evening star,” lingering in the southwest after sunset? It’s often confused with airplane landing lights and has even been reported as a UFO! It’s Venus, Earth’s closest planetary neighbor! Western Slope Skies - 7/4/14 By Black Canyon Astronomical Society • Jul 4, 2014 Pluto a planet? Not a planet? Beloved Disney Dog?