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Planetary Conjunctions This Month

This April you can look up and see not one but two planetary conjunctions in the night sky. Planetary conjunctions is the term used to describe the visual phenomena where two or more celestial bodies appear to be very close to each other. 

The first one happens at the beginning of the month – April 4th and 5th, when the two planets Mars and Saturn will appear close together as almost a single point of light. e

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An illustration of the Mars-Saturn conjunction looking east in Huntsville, Alabama, at 6:00 a.m. on the morning of April 4, 2022. Credit: NASA/Marshall

The second planetary conjunction happens more towards the end of April when Jupiter will approach closer to Venus. Catch a great view of the planets on the morning of April 27, which includes a bonus viewing of a waxing Moon. On April 30, both planets will seem to merge to produce one spectacular glow.

Grab your binoculars and telescopes and enjoy these two fantastic events happening this April. 

(Source NASA)

An illustration of the Jupiter-Venus conjunction looking east in Huntsville, Alabama, at 6:00 a.m. on the morning of April 30, 2022. Credit: NASA/Marshall

Check out the latest “What’s Up” video from Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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