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Rare planetary conjunction to decorate eastern sky

Last Updated: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 18:08

Chennai: In a rare planetary conjunction, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter will appear very close to each other offering a visual treat to skygazers this month.

The conjunction can be seen in the early morning eastern sky through naked eyes across the country from May 7 to 25, Dr P Iyemperumal, Executive Director, Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, said.

From May 15 to 25, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will form a trio lying within 5 degrees of each other with a tight pairing on May 21 at 2.1 degrees across. Later, the planets will
stretch apart and form a line, with the Moon passing along this line during the last days of the month.

"In Chennai, the conjunction can be watched early in the morning from 4.30," said Vijay Kumar, a skygazer.

Chennaites also stand a better chance of watching Aquarids meteor showers expected to reach the peak on May 6.


First Published: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 18:08

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