On Mondays and Tuesdays (April 4-5) you can see three worlds practically hugging each other in the night sky if you get up a little early.
Cloudy Venus, bright Mars and ringed Saturn will all regroup in the morning southeast sky after forming a celestial triangle in late March.
NASA notes that Mars and Saturn were only a few fingers apart on Friday (April 1), but will be even closer on Monday.
“By the 4th, Saturn and Mars will be separated by less than the width of the full moon. Saturn then moves on, increasing its distance from Mars every day,” the agency said in a statement. The best time to catch the show is around 5:50 a.m. EDT in New York City, which is about 45 minutes before sunrise.
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You can also see the planets move a bit between Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday, Saturn and Mars will reach their closest approach, separated by just half a degree. (Mars glows red, beneath white-yellow Saturn.)
Venus will also be visible, NASA said, to the lower left of Saturn and Mars. “Venus will last rise over the east-southeast horizon at 4:54 a.m. EDT and will be about 10 degrees above the horizon when dawn begins about an hour later at 5:48 a.m.,” the agency said.
In addition to the planetary show, there is much more to see in the night sky. On Monday, the bright Pleiades star cluster will be just five degrees up and right of the waxing crescent moon.
While the star cluster is visible to the naked eye, it depends on how much light pollution is obscuring the view. “You may need binoculars to really appreciate this star cluster,” NASA said.
Then on Tuesday keep an eye out for bright star Aldebaran, about seven degrees to the lower left of the Moon. The star is the porthole of Taurus, the Taurus constellation. (The names may vary by culture; here we refer to the official designations of the International Astronomical Union.)
Planetary and lunar alignments are common because all of these worlds orbit roughly in the same plane of the solar system known as the ecliptic. Even if you don’t quite get the alignment of the worlds, the three planets will still be bright for the days to come, giving you great views.
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