See Mercury In The Morning; Mars & Saturn To Dance With Moon
The week will present a few breathtaking views for astronomers and stargazers.Advertisement
On June 14, the moon will be positioned with Spica, which is the brightest star of the Virgo constellation. Appearing in the southern sky, the two will only be away from each other by four degrees (or the width of three fingers held out at arm’s length).
Mercury will also shine enough to be observable almost 45 minutes before the local sunrise on June 15. The closest planet to the sun will be visible in the eastern horizon and positioned only six degrees above the horizon for the mid northern latitude observers. Space.com recommends using a pair of binoculars to view the planet before seeing it with the naked eye.
June 16 will offer a view of our neighboring star, Mars. Appearing in the evening sky, the red planet will be positioned eight degrees to its upper right. Being 48.5 million miles from Earth, Space.com notes backyard telescopes will be adequate in giving a nice view of the polar caps of the red planet.
A few weeks ago, Mars was its brightest and largest for this year. As previously reported by Morning News USA, on May 30 the red planet was as close as 46.8 miles away from Earth; it was the closest the two planets had come in the last 11 years. In 2018, this distance will further reduce with the two planets being only 36 million miles from each other.
While SpaceX chief Elon Musk is planning to launch an unmanned cargo spaceship on the red planet in 2018, a human mission on the planet according to a broad proposal that he announced could be made possible by 2025.
On June 18, the moon will come less than five degrees from Saturn, which was at its brightest and largest a few weeks ago. It will be viewable through a small telescope.