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TOI reminds us of the grand spectacle available this month to anyone who is interested:

Sky watchers in the city are in for a celestial treat at the end of this month as they get an opportunity to see Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, all in one night. It is a rare phenomenon as these are the only planets visible to naked eye from earth, and all five will be seen in one go.

Arvind Paranjpye, director, Nehru Planetarium, said, “One or more of these planets are usually hidden behind the sun, hence they cannot be seen in a single night.”

The phenomenon is estimated to take place between February 22 and 24. Venus and the moon will be seen together around February 23 to 24. The five planets will be seen between 7 pm and 1 am during this period.

Not only that, with a low-powered telescope you can possibly see the remaining two planets in the solar system. Mercury is passing close to Neptune now, and Venus is really close to Uranus. For those who are interested, there are lots of sky maps on the web, including one from your local giant: Google.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

February 13, 2012 at 3:44 am

Posted in science, space

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