As many people know, I am a bit of a science geek. I was the science geek in high school, and I even got a degree in physics and astronomy in University. Science is something that drives a lot of my thoughts. I’m always reading about science, looking around at nature, and looking up at the sky. I love science, yet I enjoy reading science fiction, even if it isn’t very scientifically accurate. But on the topic of science, I saw something amazing earlier this week. I’m sure many of you saw the same thing.
There was a conjunction of 3 bright lights in the sky, Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon. I hadn’t seen anything this wonderful in the sky since the planetary alignment of 2002, when all 5 visible planets could be seen at above the horizon after sunset. Incidentally, that was the first time I saw Mercury. For the past month, Venus and Jupiter have been hanging out together in the evening sky to the west after sunset. I managed to get a couple of pictures of this sight with my phone.
I was quite impressed when I saw this. At the same time, red Mars was shining brightly overhead, while Saturn was rising to the east along with the moon. But this wasn’t the best to be seen. The moon moved its way across the sky as it always does, and settle right between Venus and Jupiter. Perfect! It was a wonderful opportunity to take another picture of a celestial meeting.
Mars and Saturn were also visible at the time, so 4 of the 5 visible planets were above the horizon. Unfortunately, Mercury is on the wrong side of the sun to be visible in the evening. With good timing, it could be visible just before sunrise, though.
This has been an incredible winter and spring to watch the skies. I was treated to a total lunar eclipse and I was able to see a few meteors during a meteor shower. I hope you’ve all enjoyed watching the same amazing events.