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Posted: 4/19/2002 11:17:51 AM EDT
I was just reading that there will be a five planet line up on the western horizon starting this weekend, through the beginning of June. Supposedly, you will be able to see it with the naked eye. Exactly what can you expect to see with the naked eye? How about with binoculars or (gun content) a spotting scope?
Link Posted: 4/19/2002 11:22:46 AM EDT
The planets will line up in a straight line. Best night was the 17th, they all line up with the moon. You aren't necessarily going to see anything special with a scope, except a bigger bright spot in the sky. All of the planets are visible with the unaided eye. Later in May, three of the planets will form a triangle. the_reject
Link Posted: 4/19/2002 2:01:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By the_reject: Later in May, three of the planets will form a triangle. the_reject
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How'd he know that? [:\]
Link Posted: 4/19/2002 2:52:43 PM EDT
the_reject is correct !! leave the scopes, bi-nox & other optical devices in the house, looking west about a 1/2 hr. after sunset, arnd April 30 you will see a cluster of Saturn, Mars, Venus & Mercury one star will be in the cluster & it is Aldebaran, Jupiter will be above & slightly left of the cluster..... for the next several nights, one can still see Venus, Mars, Saturn & Jupiter & Moon in alignment, altho Moon will be further away every night........ for those who enjoy a night out, maybe stargazing, look for satelites & "flares", i live in S. Arizona & i spend most of my tyme out doors.., when outside at night i am armed to the teeth wyth info from this place: http://www.heavens-above.com/ , just type in your coordinates & you will get updated info on all passing satelites, "flares" (they are exciting to watch !!) & almost any space activity at that moment or for a 7 day prediction.......
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