Mercur, Jupiter și Saturn vor străluci cu toții într-o joncțiune triplă în această seară.
Mercur, Jupiter și Saturn se vor aduna în această seară, ianuarie 10, pentru triplă conjuncție spectaculoasă.
The heavenly attraction comes after last month’s magnificent conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn, iar acum Mercur s-a alăturat partidului.
Last month’s conjunction was also called the ” Christmas Star” after it happened just days before Christmas.
Jupiter and Saturn appeared as one bright star
The two planets appeared so close together that from Earth they appeared as one bright star.
While Jupiter and Saturn seemingly almost overlapped with each other, the three planets are thought to form a small triangle instead as a result of the conjunction tonight.
LiveScience.com rapoarte, and will fit into a circle of less than five degrees.
According to Space.com, the three planete have been in this tiny circle since Friday, Jan. 8, and will remain there until Tuesday, Jan. 12.
in orice caz, in terms of visibility, the conjunction is predicted to be low in the southwestern evening sky just 30-45 minutes after sunset this evening, and that Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn will be the closest to them today.
Jupiter will be the brightest of the three planets and will shine about two and a half times brighter than Mercury and ten times brighter than Saturn.
Jupiter will also be at the top of the triple-cross triangle, and Saturn and Mercury will create the bottom two corners.
Stargazers have been advised to use binoculars to view the rare event, as it will “help pick up the planets against the bright twilight sky.”
Although the three planets may appear quite close to each other during the conception, they are still very far apart.
At the beginning of conception a few weeks ago, Jupiter was about 550 million miles from Earth, while Saturn was about 1 billion miles away.
Mercur, in orice caz, is much closer to us earthlings and is about 120 million miles away.
Then why do they seem close together, I hear you ask? Livescience.com explains that the three planets look close together because their orbits place them all in a straight line relative to Earth.
If you miss today’s event, you might want to pay attention to something else when the Old Moon visits Venus tomorrow, Jan. 11.
According to Space.com, the pair of planets will rise around 6:40 a.m. and sit “a few fingers apart” from each other in the sky.