Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn Will Form Rare Triple Conjunction Tonight

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 11, 2021

Jupiter and Saturn put on quite the Solstice show last month by coming together to form the "Christmas Star" but now Mercury is coming into view, setting the celestial scene for a triple conjunction.

When the great conjunction started a few weeks ago, Jupiter was about 550 million miles from Earth - which is about 5.9 times the distance between the Earth and the sun.

Space.com also adds that this may be the last chance to catch Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky for a while, as the planets continues to "descend farther and farther into the blazing sunset".

The planets have since moved slightly apart, but they still can be seen in the night sky. It's been 800 years since these planets have appeared together like this at night. It won't be a great conjunction, but it will be a triple conjunction.

Additionally, you should ensure there are no physical obstructions blocking your view.

The planetary trifecta will be visible at dusk starting tonight through Monday, with NASA saying, "the planet Mercury will appear to pass first by Saturn and then by Jupiter as it shifts away from the horizon, visible each evening low in the west-southwest and setting before evening twilight ends".

Although the planets should be seeable without any help, those looking to get a closer look are advised to bring binoculars or telescopes to their viewing locations.

This time, Mercury's made a decision to join the party, with the three planets appearing close together in a rare triple conjunction tonight (Sunday 10 January).

Those who miss out on this weekend's planetary trio will have an opportunity next month, when the planets realign in the same pattern on Saturday, Feb. 13, according to NASA.

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