Two of the brightest planets in the solar system are Jupiter and Venus, almost touching in a rare celestial scene this weekend.
In fact, even though they are millions of miles away, to the stars on Earth they appear to be close enough to collide with the planets that occur once a year.
However, this year is Thursday and Friday Is much closer than usual and visible to a pair of binoculars or even the naked eye. If you miss it, you will have to wait another 17 years to cast it again.
As well as the unusual planetary exhibits on display, Saturn Mars also appears to be in line with Jupiter and Venus.
Brad Tucker, an astronomer at the Australian National University, said the planets have been moving closer together for the past two weeks.
“Even though Venus and Jupiter come close to each other once in a few years, this time too Tuesday And Saturn is very rare in the mix, “he said.
“If you have a telescope, a pair of binoculars or a decent camera, you get an even better view.”
Although their origin is very close, the planets are actually 430 m away in orbit.
The peak time to watch the event in the UK is Saturday at 5am from a high place with a clear eastern horizon. However, it is still visible on Sunday and in the days to come when the planets move away again.
From London, it is almost impossible to testify, but to the west of the country where you are, the planets are closer.
Visitors in Sydney, Australia will have a clear view of the pair of planets that will rise in the east on May 1 at 3.30am local time.
“The planets vary in their brightness,” said the chief star observer of the Society for Popular AstronomyProfessor Lucy Green told the BBC News.
“Venus is brighter than Jupiter, so it will be dazzling when you look at it. Jupiter will be slightly dimmer, about one-sixth the brightness of Venus.
Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and Mars converge in the eastern sky and are unlikely to be seen again until the early sunrise of 13 May 2011, until 2040.
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