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News A 'planet parade' will greet stargazers early Thursday morning

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ram, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Ram


    It's a good month to be a stargazer or planet-watcher.

    If you're lucky enough to have clear skies tonight, peek outside before the sun comes up tomorrow. You may catch what many are calling a "planet parade."

    Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto will all be lined up in the pre-dawn sky the morning of March 8, with the moon appearing between Jupiter and Mars in those early hours. You'll need a telescope to see Pluto, but if you've got one, Accuweather says you should also be able to check out the four largest moons of Jupiter: Io, Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto. (You might even spot those moons with some nice binoculars.)

    The view of the planet parade should be fairly clear for those in the southern US and in the Rocky Mountains, according to the Weather Channel. For those in the Northeast, unfortunately, thundersnow-bearing winter storm Quinn will almost certainly obscure the view.

    However, you can catch plenty of celestial activity and excellent views of planets all month, according to Earthsky.

    Mercury and Venus will both be visible throughout the month in the northern hemisphere, with each planet coming into view shortly after sunset. They've been fairly low in the sky so far, but will be rising higher during the middle of the month.

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