Venus, Moon And Mars Trio Light Up Thursday Morning Sky

Posted: Sep 10 2015, 12:27am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Venus, Moon and Mars Trio Light Up Thursday Morning Sky
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The celestial event will be visible roughly one hour before the sunrise Thursday morning, September 10

There is a spectacular celestial display heading your way on Thursday (September 10) morning. The crescent moon will join planets Venus and Mars to illuminate the sky just before the sunrise.

You will notice that there is something bright on sky besides Moon if you wake up early Thursday morning. This will be the dazzling Venus that will be relatively low than its usual position.

Venus is the third brightest celestial object in the universe behind Sun and the Moon. The third celestial body that will be visible is planet Mars. Though it is fainter among the three, but the presence of Moon and Venus will help you spot it as well.

The three will meet roughly one hour before the sunrise and should be easily visible given the clear skies. All you need to make sure is there are no trees or double-story buildings to block your view. You may perhaps need a pair of binoculars to spot the celestial event more clearly.

The waning crescent Moon will still be the brightest of them all. Planet Venus will be just 15 degrees above the horizon. Currently Venus is more than 34 million miles away from the Earth while Mars is distant 230 million miles. Mars is not only the faint but also smaller compared to Venus.

On Thursday morning, Moon will look more close to the Venus than Mars but in reality, Venus is slowly pulling away from the Earth and Mars is slowly approaching. Venus is the most prominent and closely monitored object since the start of the year.

Venus was noticeably lower in the sky in June as well and made the closest approach with another planet Jupiter on June 30. After this event, Venus will completely lost from view and disappear in the glow of the sun.

Source: EarthSky

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