This is a great time to see several planets
For you amateur astronomers out there, this is a great week to see several planets.
At dusk, the planet Venus is right next to the crescent moon. A little higher in the sky is Jupiter. Venus is the brighter of the two but both planets really stick out against the dark blue sky. If you have a pair of binoculars, you can easily see Jupiter's four largest moons.
If you draw a line between the two planets that just barely touches each planet and follow that line to the horizon, then those of you with a view of the western horizon can catch a rare view of Mercury. As the sun just sets, you can find Mercury by holding your fist at arm's length with the bottom of your fist on the Western horizon. Mercury should be roughly a little higher than the top of your fist on the line that I described earlier from the other planets. You only have a 30 - 45 minute window or so to see it. You also only have a couple of more weeks to see it. Mercury goes through phases like our moon and right now it's in the "full moon" phase so it is at its brightest. It is also as far away from the sun as possible when viewed from Earth which is why it is so easy to see. It's normally so close to the sun that it gets lost in the light of the sunset especially when it's in a crescent phase.
As I right this, Mars is readily apparent in the high Southeastern sky . It has a red hue that really sticks out from the rest of the sky other than the red giant star Betelgeuse that is part of the Orion constellation.
So without much effort, you can readily see four of the five planets that can be seen with the naked eye. Saturn is the fifth and it can be readily seen in the Southern sky in another month or so.