Georgia Stargazers Can Catch Two Planets 'Hanging Out' With The Milky Way Tonight
A 'black moon' will make viewing them even easier this week! 🌚
Those living in the Northern Hemisphere can count their lucky stars this week because they're in for a surprise. Atonight, giving stargazers ample opportunities to see a unique astronomical encounter. It's a special event that will give viewers an ultra-dark occasion to see two planets "hanging out" in the Milky Way.
The galaxy should be easily seen with the naked eye under these dark conditions, but to see Jupiter and Saturn you'll need to bring a small telescope to catch a glimpse.
Timeanddate.com explains that there is no single definition as to what exactly a black moon is. It all has to do with the new moon cycle we experience every month thanks to a calendar quirk.
During a given season, the moon usually goes through three new moon phases, but this year, the summer will see four. In this case, the black moon is the third new moon of the summer 2020 season.
As reported by Forbes.com, this occurrence only happens every 32 or 33 months, depending on which time zone you live in.
Social media users, astrologers, and practitioners of Wiccan traditions are said to have popularized the term "black moon" in recent years per Timeanddate.com.
Jupiter will rise over Georgia tonight around 6:07 p.m. followed by Saturn at 6:38 p.m.; both will be visible throughout the night until they are washed out by the morning light.
The Milky Way and planets will be visible as soon as darkness falls, provided the weather stays clear.
You can take your pick ofone of them even falls on the list of certified dark-sky parks. So grab your blanket and set up to watch this celestial show.