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Moon to align with Jupiter and Saturn in the sky: Here’s how to watch

During this time we will also get to see an almost full moon, which will cause us to see three glowing circles in the sky.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 13, 2019 8:22:44 am
Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Space, Science Moon, Jupiter and Saturn alignment: This phenomenon can be viewed every night from August 9 to August 11. (Representational Image)

The Moon will align with Jupiter and Saturn the skies from August 9 to August 11. While the view of Venus and Mars is currently blocked by the sun, this is a good opportunity to view Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon in conjunction.

From August 9, the Moon will appear very close to Jupiter and Saturn. First the moon will appear close to Jupiter, then on August 11, it will be close to Saturn. Sky gazers will be able to view this celestial phenomena starting at dusk until the early hours of the morning around the world.

The alignment will be visible till August 11. Those with a telescope will have get to see more detailed while viewing the celestial event, though it can be seen without one as well.

August is the month in which Jupiter and Saturn tend to pop in the sky, according to EarthSky. This is happening as the moon  appears between Jupiter and Saturn. During this time, we will also get to see an almost full moon. On Sunday night, Saturn will get closer to the moon, which will make it easier to spot it in the night.

The alignment of the Moon with these two planets will result in glowing circles in the sky. Those with a better telescope will be able to observe the event better. As the notes, this is the best time to view Jupiter, especially with a large telescope because one will be able to observe a lot of details.

Those in in either eastern Australia or northern New Zealand will also be able to view an occult, which means the Moon is fully covering Saturn for some time on August 11. Those living in the east will be able to also see Mercury during the early morning hours just before the sunrise.

Also Read: ‘Moon, Mercury may contain more water ice than thought’

August also has the Perseid meteor shower coming up, which will take place on August 15. You will be able to see the meteors entering the Earth’s upper atmosphere and burning up.

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