Mars and Jupiter will make their closest appearance together in the sky today! NASA shared all the details on when and how to catch the stunning Mars and Jupiter conjunction live.
Skywatchers have a rare opportunity this weekend to catch the remarkable conjunction of planets Jupiter and Mars. They will draw extremely close in the predawn sky from May 27 to May 30. However, NASA has shared detailed information about the Mars and Jupiter conjunction, which suggests that the view will peak on May 29, that is today. At the peak and the closest point, the planets will be separated by no more than 0.6 degrees. Degrees are commonly used by astronomers to calculate the angular distance between objects in the night sky. So, here is how to catch the stunning Mars and Jupiter Conjunction live today. All you have to do is get up very early in the morning and persuade yourself to walk out into the open where a good view of the sky is available an wait for the live show right in front of your eyes! Also Read: NASA Hubble Telescope discovers a giant Galaxy; Sized 2.5x LARGER than our Milky Way Galaxy!
The distance between the two planets will appear to be no more than the width of a raised finger to skywatchers on the ground, with Mars appearing just to the lower right of the huge gas giant. If you don’t want to miss the chance to witness the rare occurrence of Mars and Jupiter Conjunction, then know all the details here. Also read: Shocking! A supermassive Black Hole lurking within our Galaxy, says NASA
What are planetary conjunctions?
The planets actually are awlays too far from each other. Hence, planetary conjunction simply signifies that two planets appear close together in Earth’s night sky. Thankfully, in the case of our Earth’s solar system, such planetary conjunctions happen way too frequently because our sister planets travel around the Sun in an almost similar ecliptic plane. Which makes them appear often in our night sky despite being millions of miles away from each other.
How to catch Mars, Jupiter Conjunction
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared that the two planets will appear 20 degrees or so above the horizon in the eastern-southeastern sky, against the constellation Pisces. The appearance will be approximately 45 minutes before local sunrise. You can have the view of this Mars, Jupiter conjunction barring the local weather issues, in the early hours of each morning from May 27 to May 30, 2022. Well, to have the best spectacular view of the Mars-Jupiter conjunction, NASA said that it will peak at 3:57 a.m. CDT on May 29.
Well, the question is, will you be able to catch this rare phenomenon with naked eyes? Well, a pair of binoculars or a telescope might be needed to spot Mars clearly, Alphonse Sterling, a NASA astronomer said. But to observe Jupiter with unaided eyes, there should be no trouble. Enjoy this once in a while celestial event for sure!