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Saturn, Mars and the Antares Star Align in the Night Sky This Week

Aug 23, 2016 06:59 AM EDT
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The Perseid meteor shower may be over, but there are still reasons to go stargazing this week. Such as the interstellar lineup that will occur on Aug. 24 when the planets Saturn, Mars and the Antares star align in the night sky.

Saturn and Mars' glow gave distinct colors to the sky, which is why they are very easy to locate at night especially if the stargazers are located away from light polluted areas. While Mars and Saturn gave out a distinct glow, the star Antares, which is the fifth brightest star in the sky, is also easy to spot. Mars will emit a yellow-orange glow, while Saturn will appear as a bright yellow-white spot. What makes the alignment interesting is the fact that during the duration of the event, there will be a time that the three are almost perfectly aligned vertically, according to Space.com.

On Tuesday and Wednesday night, the three celestial bodies will align in the night sky creating another out-of-this-world fascinating view, according to a local Fox news report. To be able to see the stellar alignment, stargazers will need to look southwest of the sky. But due to the cloudy weather some spectators may not be able to enjoy the view, so patience is greatly advised.

The three has been in the sky in a triangular formation but stargazers are waiting for the alignment to occur. On Aug. 23 the line will not appear straight and will be at its best on Aug. 24.

The planets Mars and Saturn will be the closest to each other on Aug. 24. Many anticipate the alignment of the bodies due to the radiance and glow of Mars, Saturn and the Antares star.

Experts say that Mars will shine at a bit lighter compared to Antares' glow. Backyard telescopes and binoculars can be used to view the alignment, according to the National Geographic News.

The sky is full of astonishing formations occurring one after the other, so get those telescopes and binoculars ready to enjoy what the night sky has to offer.

 

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