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Saturn And Jupiter Will Be Visible As They Align With The Moon This Weekend

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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Saturn And Jupiter Will Be Visible As They Align With The Moon This Weekend

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Stargazers should turn their eyes to the skies this weekend, as Saturn, Jupiter will align with the Moon to create a mesmerising sight.

Visible in a diagonal formation, the breath-taking spectacle should be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars - so don't miss out!

You should be able to spot the trio on the night of Friday 28th August and into the early hours of Saturday morning.

You should be able to spot the trio on the night of Friday 28th August and into the early hours of Saturday morning (credit: Unsplash)
You should be able to spot the trio on the night of Friday 28th August and into the early hours of Saturday morning (credit: Unsplash)

Keep your eyes peeled for the two brightest 'stars' in diagonal alignment with the moon.

NASA advise that: "The bright planet Jupiter and a fainter Saturn will appear near the waxing gibbous moon on the night of Friday August 28 into the early morning hours on Saturday."

If you look southeast from the northern hemisphere, you should be able to spot the Moon shining just below Jupiter.

Jupiter's will be at its closest approach - and therefore most visible - at 02:35 BST on Saturday morning.

What's more, the Moon will be 83% more illuminated while Jupiter is in this position, and shining extra bright.

Keep your eyes peeled for the two brightest 'stars' in diagonal alignment with the moon (Credit: Unsplash)
Keep your eyes peeled for the two brightest 'stars' in diagonal alignment with the moon (Credit: Unsplash)

Gazing in the same direction - southeast from the northern hemisphere - sky watchers may be able to identify a fainter Saturn close to the Moon, with Jupiter a little further away.

Saturn may prove more difficult to spot - and of course, a telescope will help to give you a clearer view, enabling you to see details like Saturn's brightly illuminated rings.

NASA explain: "With clear skies and a small telescope you should be able to see Jupiter's four bright moons, Ganymede, Callisto, Europa, and Io, shifting positions noticeably in the course of an evening.

"For Saturn, you should be able to see the brightly illuminated rings as well as the motions of Saturn's moons, particularly the largest moon, Titan."

Good luck, sky watchers! (Credit: Unsplash)
Good luck, sky watchers! (Credit: Unsplash)

While alignments like this aren't rare, it's still a great chance to see the trio in a captivating formation.

Happy gazing, earthlings.

Topics: Life News, Nasa, space

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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