Astronomy fans can enjoy a rare astronomical event on Monday night when five planets, a famous constellation and the Moon collide in one night.
The planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus are due to line up in the sky, accompanied by the Moon and a group of stars on March 28, but the show will also be visible in the skies in the days before and after. .
The event will be visible to the naked eye, and astronomers recommend finding a spot with a light-pollution-free view to enjoy as far as binoculars or a telescope can be used to get a more detailed view.
The planets will be located on the western horizon about 20 to 25 minutes after sunset on Monday, starting with brighter Mercury and Jupiter, according to Space.com.
However, the brightness of twilight can hide this, according to Space.com, which indicated that the viewing window takes only 25 to 30 minutes.
Experts said that Jupiter and Mercury will appear as two “bright objects” near the horizon.
However, the duo will be visible less than an hour after sunset before disappearing from view.
Venus will be easy to see with the naked eye because it is the third brightest object in the sky and will be seen in the sky next to Uranus.
Mars will appear bright red and very high and can be seen next to the Moon. The planets will line up in a 50-degree sector of the sky.
American astronomer Gary Swangen said that Venus, Mars and Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye.
However, binoculars may be needed to see Mercury and Uranus, he told the New Jersey Herald.
And this will not be the last chance for astronomy enthusiasts to learn about this event, as another planetary alignment will take place on April 11th and again later that year on August 24th.
Mercury, Uranus, Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn will also form another five planet alignment on June 17th.
Source: Daily Mail
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