Southern Skies Will Be Sprinkled With 6 Visible Planets Next Month
Can you name that constellation?
There are very few things more peaceful than looking up at a clear night sky and seeing twinkling stars staring back. Sometimes those "stars" that look a lot bigger and much brighter may not be stars at all. The planets visible in May 2020 will have many people stepping outside and staring up at the open skies.
The Old Farmer's Almanac is an excellent resource for discovering weather patterns, shifts in astronomy and even provides tips on gardening and home care.
The website allows for visitors to see planetary transitions over time, giving even non-farmers a chance to prepare for major shifts in movement and even potential visibility percentages for the planets.
The Almanac reports during the month of May, multiple planets will be visible to Southern states including Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi and more.
Starting Friday, May 1, residents of The South will be able to view Pluto, Neptune, Uranus,and Mercury.
Over the course of the month, Mercury's visibility will drop to 46%, Jupiter's will drop to 99% (from it's previous 100%) while the remaining four are consistent with 100% visibility.
By the end of the month, Mars will have reached 85% visibility.
To view these planets, stargazers will need to become night owls as these planets will only be visible between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Depending onfor specific areas (barring no clouds or precipitation), it may be possible to see a few of these planets around 11:00 p.m.
Space.com reports that Mercury, Uranus and even Mars will be the easier planets to spot with a naked eye during the early morning hours mid-May.
With so many astrological wonders occurring in the sky this spring and summer, including, locals will get a wondrous showcase on any given clear night.
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