Spectacular Saturn and Moon Conjunction

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Night Sky in itself is a marvel of the nature. It even becomes a source of utmost inner happiness and peace especially when we happen to be away from some mob of individuals from an edge of the society. Looking at the night sky has always been quest because we always seek for some kind of patterns in the stars, differences in the phase of moon, change in the position of the celestial bodies, etc.

If you are a Sky-watcher or a wonderer of the night sky, then this coming Thursday, 3rd Aug. 2017, you can astound yourself by witnessing the Moon and Saturn Conjunction. Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 3°26′ of each other. From New Delhi, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming visible at around 19:25 (IST) as the dusk sky fades, 35° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 20:54 (IST), 39° above your southern horizon. You can continue to observe them until around 01:26 (IST), when they sink to 8° above your south-western horizon. At this moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -12.3, and Saturn at mag 0.0, both in the constellation Ophiuchus.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars. Therefore, get ready with your astronomy equipments, go out on the night of 3rd August, 2017 to some dark sight and observe this phenomenon of the sky happening. It will be the best if you carry your telescope along because then it will facilitate you to have a view of the Saturn and it’s rings too. This is a sporadic occasion of the nature that doesn’t occur very often, therefore do not miss the chance to have a sight of it.

By: Ashish Mangal
Educator|SPACE

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