The brilliant planets Mars and Saturn will shine collectively within the predawn sky on Tuesday (March 31). You’ll be able to catch them above the southeast horizon earlier than dawn.
Saturn will likely be along side the Crimson Planet, that means the 2 objects will share the identical celestial longitude, on Tuesday at 6:56 a.m. EDT (1056 GMT), in keeping with the skywatching web site In-The-Sky.org. A couple of hours later, the 2 planets will make their closest method, passing inside one diploma of one another at 1:25 p.m. EDT (1725 GMT).
For skywatchers in the US, Saturn and Mars will not be seen in the meanwhile of conjunction or in the course of the closest method, as a result of daylight will impede the view. Nonetheless, those that lookup on the sky earlier than dawn will nonetheless be capable to see the 2 tight-knit planets placed on a present within the morning sky.
In New York Metropolis, for instance, Saturn will rise at three:40 a.m. native time, adopted by Mars simply 4 minutes later. The solar will rise in New York Metropolis at 6:40 a.m. native time, so skywatchers have as much as three hours to benefit from the views of Mars and Saturn. To search out out precisely when the planets rise and set out of your location, take a look at this night sky calculator from Time and Date.
Additionally seen close by would be the big planet Jupiter, which rises about half an hour earlier than Saturn. Jupiter will likely be within the constellation of Sagittarius, the archer, which Mars and Saturn will likely be in Capricornus, the sea goat.
Jupiter, notably the brightest of the three seen planets, will likely be shining at a magnitude of -2.zero, making it brighter than any star within the sky. (Magnitude is a measurement of brightness utilized by astronomers, with decrease numbers denoting brighter objects. Unfavorable numbers denote exceptionally vibrant objects.)
Saturn will likely be at magnitude zero.four, or about as vibrant because the star Vega. Mars, the dimmest of the three planets, will likely be shining at magnitude zero.eight, similar to the star Aldebaran.
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