You Can See Jupiter, Saturn, & Mars 'Waltz' Around The Moon In Southern U.S. Skies Tonight
A celestial show not to be missed!
Whether you’re an avid horoscope reader, blame every mishap on mercury being in retrograde, or can’t help but scoff every time someone asks for your star sign, witnessing a live ancient celestial conjunction is admittedly pretty darn cool. If your skeptical mind is intrigued, you don’t have to admit it out loud. You can catch the celestial waltz between Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn in southern skies tonight!
According to Space.com, Mars will be a bright ruby red in the night sky. The planet will shine with almost 20 times brightness from April through October as it slips closer to Earth at nearly 500,000 miles a day.
The moon will “cross” its path at around 4 a.m. on April 16th, where you can catch them near the east-southeast horizon as they slowly ascend together.
In the past few days, these heavenly bodies have been putting on quite a show.
On Tuesday morning of April 14 at about 5 a.m., you were actually able to see Jupiter and all four of its moons nearly perfectly arranged in a straight line, with Earth's moon having risen beside them.
Wednesday morning, all three bodies had climbed the stars to align in a rather aesthetically pleasing triangle. If you can stay up or wake up in the wee hours of the mourn again going into Thursday, April 16, you can catch the last act of their dance around 5 a.m.
While the show many feel stunning from where we stand, it all really comes down to perspective.
Each of the planets is millions of miles away from Earth, our moon being 243,000 miles away, so it only seems like they are meeting up for a sky-high dance party.
There are plenty of perfect places around the southern U.S. to, but you’ll be able to view all three planets with a low-level telescope or even high-powered binoculars. Finding a spot secluded away from the big cities with low light pollution will give you the best views.
While Weather.com reports that Orlando Florida can expect light rain and clouds throughout the day, visibility will have cleared to about 20% by the time you can see the planets align.
If you're in another southern city or state and want to catch this celestial dance, check your weather conditions to know your scope of visibility.
There's nothing like witnessing heavenly happenings surrounded by twinkling stars. Awill also illuminate southern skyscapes this month, so keep your eyes to the skies!
*Photos used for illustrative purposes.