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Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury Will All be Visible This Weekend!
Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury Will All be Visible This Weekend!

A very rare occurence will take place this weekend on Sunday so get your telescopes ready! Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury will be in a "sunset triangle" during sunset on Sunday night. The place to point your telescopes or just to look with the naked eye is towards the western horizon. Here is the article courtesy of NASA:

Triple conjunctions of planets are fairly rare.  The last time it happened was in May 2011, and it won't happen again until October 2015. This triple is especially good because it involves the three brightest planets in May's night sky: #1, Venus; #2, Jupiter; and #3, Mercury.  The triangle will be visible even in places with heavy urban light pollution.

The best time to look is about 30 to 60 minutes after sunset. The three planets will be hugging the horizon, so a clear view of the western sky is essential.

You don't have to wait until May 26th to enjoy the show, however. The planets start gathering weeks earlier.  Dates of special interest include:Let Venus be your guide.  It pops out of the fading twilight long before the others. As soon as you locate Venus, look in that direction using binoculars.  If your binoculars are typical, all three planets will fit in the eyepiece simultaneously. As the twilight continues to fade, set the optics aside; eventually the triangle will become visible to the naked eye.

May 11th through 13th, when the crescent Moon, Venus, and Jupiter form a long diagonal line jutting upward from the sunset;

Step outside, face west, and observe the planets.  It's a beautiful way to end the day.From beginning to end, the three naked-eye planets will be close enough to fit inside the field of ordinary binoculars from May 23rd until early June. May 26th is just the best among many very good nights.


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