On late Friday night stargazers can see Jupiter, Saturn and the moon will be aligning to form a triangle, which means a real treat for the dedicated Astro enthusiasts. It is one of the rarest moments in space that everyone should know, if you are a fan of the moon or planets. You will love the planets’ formation over the weekend and the best part is that you do not even need to have a telescope to see it!
Whereas Saturn and Jupiter had already aligned once this month, the phenomenon of merging of Jupiter, Saturn and the moon with Earth’s orbit occurs only once in each 12 years.
Stargazers can see this phenomenon even without a telescope high in the southern sky around midnight, where Jupiter will be located exactly above the moon and Saturn will be placed on the left.
Although the conjunction can be seen with your own eyes, binoculars will most definitely give you a more clear view of Jupiter’s four “Galilean” moons. However, if you want a chance to see Saturn’s rings, you would need a small telescope.
As previously mentioned, the converging of these planets with Earth’s orbit occurs around each 12 years. What is fascinating is that these massive planets and satellite might look really close to each other, but they are actually 400 million miles apart.
This rare phenomenon also means that at that time the moon will be bigger in visual, compared to its normal size from the Earth skies – It will be about 4.5 times bigger than usual.