SEE 5 PLANETS SUNDAY
See the moon and 5 planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn – simultaneously before sunrise on July 19, 2020.
SEE 5 PLANETS SUNDAY
Forty-five minutes before sunrise, the crescent moon and five planets are visible curved across the morning sky on July 19, 2020.
Find a spot with clear horizons in the east-northeast and the southwest.
USE VISUAL AIDE
A binocular may help finding the moon, Mercury, and Jupiter.
After July 19, the five planets are in the sky without the moon.
By late July, Mercury then moves back into bright twilight. and the sun’s glare.
The four bright planets, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, are visible in the morning sky until mid-August, when Jupiter,
And then Saturn disappear below the southwest horizon.
Here’s what to look for:
Five planets and the crescent moon are in the sky at one time!
During the next few mornings five planets are visible, but without the moon.
Additionally, Jupiter is quickly leaving the sky. So on successive mornings, look 3-4 minutes earlier each day.
You may catch them in the sky until about July 25. Until about mid-August look about two hours before sunrise to see the four bright planets – Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter.
For those with a telescope
The Classic 9 planets (Mercury – Pluto), the moon,
And two dwarf planets are in the sky simultaneously on July 19 as Mercury approaches its greatest morning elongation and the moon wanes toward its solar conjunction.
Here’s how to see this solar system gallery of planetary objects:
SOME TELESCOPE SETTINGS
After locating Pluto, look for the dimmer planets before morning twilight begins at approximately 3:30 a.m. CDT.
DO IT THIS WEEKEND
Jupiter and Saturn are headed toward their Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020. Look for them low in the southeast during the early evening hours of July and August 2020.
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