We may not yet know what is written in the stars for the 2020 presidential election, but the planets in our solar system are gathering in our skies for a party. this week.
Instead, November’s cosmic spectacle would take all night to spot each planet as it arrived and crossed the horizon between sunset and sunrise – still less time than the United States. to find out the results of the election.
EarthSky has reported on this phenomenon, with important notes about how and when to watch.
Saturn and Jupiter are the headlines for November as the two giants head to our 20-year reunion, called the great fusion, in our sky next month. This year is special: the year 2020 will be their closest brush since 1623.
Mars has now looked stronger since it encountered an objection on October 13, when its position was directly facing the sun, making it more likely to burn brighter than usual. (This won’t be seen anymore until 2035.) There is still time to see the red planet shine fiercely in the eastern half of the sky – competing for the second brightest planet title with the star. Carpentry in the west. (Hint: Put your money on Jupiter. Mars peaks in October.)
However, Venus is defeating them all as the brightest celestial body behind the sun and moon. But stargazers will have to hold out for hours to be dazzled by our galaxy neighbor’s brilliance. For the Southern Hemisphere, it is about 90 minutes before sunrise. Those farther north had a good start, in no more than three hours. The powerful little Mercury will accompany Venus from below, closer to the horizon, in the early morning.
Meanwhile, Uranus and Neptune will be high above but not visible to the naked eye. With the help of binoculars or a telescope, Saturn can be revealed just hours after midnight. At 1.7 billion miles, Uranus may be rarely seen without visual aid but will appear very dim even on a clear night. Thanks to a dying moon near the end of the cycle, there is more hope for it.