How rarely do you see Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn this weekend?

How rarely do you see Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn this weekend?

Two large worlds and the smallest planet in the Solar System appear this weekend.

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Jupiter and Saturn cool off together after last month’s party as the three planets appear in the evening this weekend. Rarely great combination, Mercury, the most flying planet from the west to just above the southwest horizon. The three planets are a rare sight that can be witnessed with the naked eye shortly after sunset over the next few days, but Saturday evening offers the best chance to see all three worlds together.

Astronomy Journal It is reported that all the planets will be visible in the region of 2.3 degrees throughout that evening (when you hold the width of your pinky and ring finger together and the length of your arm from your body). Of the three celestial bodies, Mercury is the lowest, Jupiter is the brightest, and Saturn is the faintest.

Binoculars may help you get a better view, while even an inexpensive backyard telescope has the opportunity to see some of Jupiter’s larger moons. This is a good thing to try when Mercury and Saturn disappear below the horizon.

To make sure all three are caught, it is important to go outside after sunset, as Mercury and Saturn will be below the horizon within an hour. Although the planets may be closest on Saturday, they will continue to converge as they orbit over the next several nights, so you have a few shots to catch them all like a kind of cosmic game of Pokമോmon.

As always, if any amateur astronomers among you capture any great pictures of the celestial encounter, please share them with me on Twitter Ric Eric Simack.

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