This Year Jupiter and Saturn Will Be More Brightly

This Year Jupiter and Saturn Will Be More Brightly

In August 2019, Jupiter and Saturn will be more brightly illuminated throughout the month and will be visible later into the night. It will be visible to look at Jupiter and Saturn during nightfall. They stay out well into the night.

Two planets and the moon will be aligned side by side across the southern sky beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday.

According to earthsky.org “Jupiter’s yearly opposition was June 10, 2019. Then the planet was opposite the sun, rising at sunset, lighting up the night sky from dusk until dawn. Now, since Jupiter is already well up when night begins, it doesn’t stay out until dawn. From around the world in early August, Jupiter sets in the wee morning hours”.

That bright star close to Jupiter on our sky’s dome this year is Antares in the constellation Scorpius. In the first three months of 2019, Jupiter was traveling eastward, away from Antares. But starting on April 10, 2019, Jupiter moved toward Antares. For four months (April 10 to August 11, 2019), Jupiter will be traveling westward, closing the gap between itself and the star Antares.

Saturn reached its yearly opposition about a month behind Jupiter, on July 9, 2019. So you know these two worlds must be somewhat close to each other in our sky.

[In August 2019, you can see Saturn pop out at nightfall. This golden world still shines more brilliantly than a 1st-magnitude star, and, even now, stays out for most of the night. Around the world, Saturn sets at about the time of dawn’s first light (astronomical twilight) in early August], indicates EarthSky.

This Year Jupiter and Saturn Will Be More Brightly

Source: Text; earthsky.org

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