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Four planets to appear in conjunction Monday

Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 22:47

New Delhi: Astro-enthusiasts are in for a
celestial spectacle on Monday with four planets poised to
appear in conjunction after sunset.

Sky lovers can see planet Jupiter paired with the moon in
the western sky after sunset, Director of Planetary Society of
India, N Raghunandan said.

Both moon and Jupiter will appear to be near each other as
seen from earth, Raghunandan said, adding this celestial event
is astronomically known as Conjunction of moon with Jupiter.

In positional astronomy, Conjunction means as seen from
earth, two celestial bodies appear to be near one another in
the sky, he said.

Planet Jupiter can be seen in the western direction at
about 10 PM tomorrow.

Below our natural satellite moon, Venus can be seen in the
western direction, he said.

Venus, Jupiter and the slender crescent moon will line up
in the western sky, forming a bright triangle in the evening
twilight, the official said, adding they are so bright, they
can shine through thin clouds and even city lights.

Sky gazers can also see red-planet Mars in the eastern
direction after sunset.

Ring-planet Saturn, too, is adorning the eastern night sky
theatre, Raghunandan said.

On March 14, the Conjunction of Venus with Jupiter will
take place where both Venus and Jupiter would be paired
appearing side by side in the sky, he added.


First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 17:01

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