The Moon Is Going To Sweep Past 4 Planets Before Sunrise Every Day Until March 20
You can watch from your backyard.
Do you love looking up to the sky and seeing amazing celestial events? If you're willing to wake up early you could see something pretty special. The moon will be sweeping past four planets until March 20 and you can see it happen just before the sunrise.
In Canada, when you look off to the southeast before the sun rises into the sky each day until March 20, you'll be able to find the crescent moon overtake four different planets.
Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Mercury are all visible as the crescent gets thinner and as it moves through the sky, appearing closest to another planet each morning.
On March 18, the celestial orb will be closest to Jupiter and Mars which are near each other in the sky.
The gas giant is 16 times brighter than Mars now which is the faintest visible planet during the morning hours, according to EarthSky.
However, you'll still be able to see the red planet.
On March 19, the moon will have moved past Jupiter and Mars and will be closest to Saturn.
If you get up early, this could be a nice way to welcome the new season as it's the first day of spring.
Saturn is faint to the naked eye so you might need a telescope to see its golden colour in detail.
During the morning of March 20, the moon will be a very thin crescent in the sky and be closest to Mercury.
According to EarthSky, it'll be what astronomers call an old moon meaning it rises shortly before the sun does.
As an added bonus, earthshine is likely to be visible that day as well.
When you look at a crescent moon right after sunset or right before sunrise, you can sometimes spot the bright crescent along with the dark rest of the moon.
The glow you can see on the dark part of the orb is light reflected from Earth hence the name.
Jupiter is the easiest planet to see during the moon's parade while Mars and Mercury will be a little more difficult to spot but they'll still be visible to the naked eye.
One hour before sunrise is a good time to spot the moon travelling through the sky each morning from wherever you are in Canada.
Hopefully, there will be no clouds to obstruct your view!