Among the multiple sights to view this month , the trifecta Venus, Jupiter and Mars will adorn the morning sky just before sunrise on Thursday, October 29th.
- The planets will visible on the morning of October 29th
- Venus, Jupiter and Mars will be at 5o within each other, though millions of miles away in actuality
- Venus will be the brightest, followed by Jupiter, and Mars will be the dimmest
- The event will not occur again until January 10th, 2021
Astronomers or general astronomy enthusiasts will be receiving another treat beyond the supermoon and the Halloween asteroid, “Great Pumpkin”, that might be visible on the skies. The planetary conjunction between the three giants will be seen even to those without telescopes. Among the twinkling stars, the planets will shine bright against the black skies.
Venus, Jupiter and Mars will all be visible at the same time, forming a slight triangle among each other, so close together that they could be covered by your thumb. The three planets will appear incredibly near, even though in reality they’re still millions of miles apart. It’s “a rare and beautiful sight”, according to NASA.
Observers often note just two of the planets together across the skies, but three of them at the same time is a rare view that should not be missed. According to Alan Duffy, from Swinburne University, the trio together is “most unusual”. So, astronomy enthusiasts should direct their gaze eastward, near the constellations of Leo and the Big Dipper.
There, they will be able to see the beautiful gathering of the three foreign planets. In fact, with any luck, those with telescopes might even spot Jupiter’s largest moons, Io, Europa, Callisto, and Ganimede. The huge gas giant will be visible with a slightly golden tint to mark its identity.
While the three plants are still quite far apart from each other, they will appear within 5o on the morning of late October. This is because of the timing of their orbits will simultaneously align within Earth’s line of sight. It’s a highly rare event, and will not be happening again until January 10th, 2021.
The spectators watching the sky will be able to see Venus as the brightest among them. In spite of its smaller size than Jupiter, the planet named after the Roman goddess of love is 12 times brighter. It’s also much closer, at 0.69 AU (astronomical units, or the distance from Earth to the Sun).
Jupiter, the largest planet of our solar system, will be the second brightest in spite of being over 100 times bigger than Venus. It’s placed further away at 6 AU, and yet will still be brighter than our closer neighbor, Mars. The Red Planet will be displayed as the dimmest of them all, even though it’s 2.2 AU away from our planet.
The triangle will be visible on the darkened skies, and it has been suggested that astronomers direct their attention toward the morning to get a good luck at the celestial bodies gathered together.