IBI Times] After the biggest supermoon of 2018, Earth's planetary siblings, Jupiter and Mars, will make a glaring appearance as part of a rare celestial conjunction.
planets will appear together in the early hours of Sunday (7 January,
3:40am in the UK) and shine brighter than normal in the southern night
sky, the Independent reports.
Though separated by several hundred million miles in the cosmos, the
two planets will appear to come extremely close for a relatively short
The duo will form a straight line, with Jupiter above and Mars underneath but slowly that line will turn diagonal as they continue with their respective orbital routines – Jupiter moving to the left and Mars to the right.The
event will last for about five hours but for best views, the 6-7am
local time slot would be the best. During this time, the planetary duo
will appear 20 degrees above the horizon, offering picture-perfect views
to sky-gazers, Royal Observatory astronomer Tom Kerss told The
"They should remain clearly visible even as the dawn
twilight begins to emerge," he added. Sky-watchers should pick an open
spot with few buildings and minimum light pollution for stunning views.
do not need any kind of telescope to view the conjunction. The planets
will appear super bright to the naked eye and will not be mistaken for
common stars due to their colours. Mars will sport an orange hue, while
Jupiter will appear as a pale yellow-white star and will be 20 times
brighter than normal.
"At just a fraction of a degree apart in the
sky, you'll be able to cover both of them easily using the tip of your
little finger on an outstretched arm," Kerss noted, highlighting the
uniqueness of the celestial event. Read More