We can see five planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn–and the crescent moon - all visible in the sky at the same time right before sunrise on July 19th.
There's something amazing to look forward to this weekend and all eyes are on the sky! Right before sunrise on July 19th, we can see five planets - –Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn–and the crescent moon - all visible in the sky at the same time. This is an extremely rare occurrence and the best part is that we won't even need a telescope to see them. The five aforementioned planets and the crescent moon will simultaneously be visible to the naked eye just 45 minutes before the sun rises on Sunday.
Astronomy educator Dr. Jeffrey Hunt remarked on this news in a blog post, according to CNET, saying that they'll be curved across the morning sky. This means that you will ideally want to “find a spot with clear horizons in the east-northeast and the southwest," according to Hunt's advice. Now we get to see 5 bright lights and it won't be hard to find out which ones are the planets and which ones are the stars. Then we will go about recognizing which planet is which.
Around two hours before sunrise, you will be able to spot Jupiter in the southwestern sky with the ringed planet Saturn just above it. More to the right we can find the red planet Mars, shining bright in the southeastern horizon. Meanwhile, Venus, also known as the Morning star at certain times will be blazing in the eastern sky with Mercury coming in to the right side of the moon, which will be very low in the east-northeast, reports Space.com. Mercury might be a bit tricky to see, as you're looking for a small, red dot, and it will help if you have a pair of binoculars. With any luck, you may even see it accompanied by the very slender crescent moon just to its left.
You’ll Be Able to See 5 Planets and the Moon Without a Telescope This Weekend https://t.co/YU7UNGKPhI— @pyramidfire (@pyramidfire) July 16, 2020
Like we already said, you will be able to see all these planets with just a pair of binoculars at the very most. Saturn and Venus should be pretty evident with the naked eye, just make sure you have a sky-watch or an Astro app on your phone to get more clarity on the matter. According to When the Curves Line Up: "Jupiter and Saturn are headed toward their Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020. Look for them low in the southeast during the early evening hours of July and August 2020." There will also be another "Great Conjunction" or "Golden Conjunction" on September 8, 2040, when Mars, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter will be visible in the same tiny patch of the night sky just 10º apart.
From 14th July, Comet Neowise, a visitor after 6,800 years, is also visible. Great sky, worth gazing on!https://t.co/pIpXtx39jl— Priyanka (Astrology Guidance) (@AstroAmigo) July 15, 2020
If you *do* have a telescope and are a regular skywatcher, then you might even get to see all 8 of the other planets in the solar system. The classic planets (Mercury-Pluto), the moon, and two dwarf planets are in the sky simultaneously on July 19 as Mercury approaches its greatest morning elongation and the moon wanes toward its solar conjunction. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are also in the sky between Venus and Jupiter, but a telescope is needed to see that trio of planets.
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all visible to the naked eye across the continental United States for the next two weeks. https://t.co/9XSXb658wG— ABC News (@ABC) July 17, 2020
"We're very lucky to have such an eye-catching lineup this summer," said Dr. Laura Danly, curator at Griffith Observatory, according to GoodMorningAmerica. "We tend to take for granted all this stuff that is going on over our heads, but if you tune in you can see our solar system at work. Usually, they're more spread out," Danly explained. "To get all four [Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn] visible like that is a very beautiful sight."
Will you be checking them out? Let us know!