Rare phenomena in the sky: If you get up, you will see four planets in a row. Which ones? – Space – Science and technology

Neatly arranged in a row: 4 bright planets of the Solar System – Saturn, Mars, Venus and Jupiter. You have to get up to see them. About five o’clock in the morning.

24.04.2022 14:40

Venus is the brightest of all the planets. In the first half of next week, the planet’s “string” will be completed by a narrow moon mower (between April 25 and 28). The planets are visible low above the southeastern horizon, and a perfect view in this direction and clean air are needed for observation.

On Friday, April 29, another rare constellation can be seen in the evening sky at dusk: The planet Mercury will be in front of the famous and photogenic star cluster “Pleiades” in the constellation Taurus (which the lay public often mistaken for the “small car”). The phenomenon will be well visible low above the west-northwest horizon after 21:30.

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On May 1, it will be possible to observe, again low above the southeastern horizon, almost in the morning before 5 o’clock, the close conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Venus (the brightest planets in the solar system). The conjunction will be visible at dawn, again a very good view in this direction is needed, ideally in the mountains.

Between May 1 and 8, the annual meteor shower Eta-Aquarida, whose parent comet is the famous Halley’s Comet, culminates. Maximum swarm is forecast on May 6 in the morning. In our country, however, the constellation of Aquarius, from where meteors seem to fly due to perspective, rises only low above the horizon in the morning – so whoever wants to see some “burning debris from Halley’s Comet” must also get up. There can be a maximum of 10 meteors per hour. This year’s maximum swarm has very good conditions – it does not disturb the moon with its light, which sets around midnight (while meteors can look like from 3 o’clock in the morning until dawn). It is necessary to find a place far from places and sources of light pollution, for example in areas of dark sky (Beskydy, Low Tatras, Poloniny) or in dark places of our natural areas (Šumava, Orlické Mountains, Muránska planina…).

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It all culminates in a lunar eclipse on Monday, May 16, early in the morning. The eclipse will be complete, but unfortunately we will no longer see this phase from our extremities. The moon sets at the time of the partial eclipse at advanced dawn (the best phenomenon in Czechoslovakia will be seen by the West Bohemians, for whom the Moon sets behind the horizon just before the beginning of the total eclipse;

However, especially between 4 and 5 o’clock in the morning, all observers and photographers will be offered a very photogenic view with a partial lunar eclipse low over natural or architectural monuments on the horizon. The phenomenon can be watched in clear weather from anywhere.


Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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