We do 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 sky for a clockwork party this week.
It would take an entire night to see each planet instead of the cosmic spectacle of November as it moves over the horizon between sunset and sunrise – still less time than it takes America to know the results of the election.
EarthSky reported on the incident, how and when to watch it, with important notes.
Saturn and Jupiter are at the helm in November as both luminaries call a 20-year reunion in our sky next month, called the Great Coincidence. This year is special: 2020 will be his closest brush since 1623.
Since the opposition’s arrival on October 13, Mars has already seemed to deteriorate, when its position is directly facing the Sun, recording its ability to burn brighter than usual. (It won’t be seen again until 2035.) There’s still time to see the red planet glowing in the eastern side of the sky – competing with Jupiter in the west for the title of the second-brightest planet. (Hint: Put your money on Jupiter. Mars was at its peak in October.)
However, Venus as the brightest celestial object behind the Sun and Moon, killing them all. But the Stargazers have to hold off until our galactic neighbor can be stopped by the glow. For the Southern Hemisphere, about 90 minutes before the Sun’s arrival. Those heads start a head north, no more than about three hours. The mighty little Mercury will be from below at dawn, close to the morning horizon, with Venus.
Meanwhile, Uranus and Neptune will be overhead but invisible to the naked eye. Saturn can be revealed a few hours after midnight with the help of binoculars or binoculars. At 1.7 billion miles, Uranus can barely be visible without visual aid, but will look very blurry even on a clear night. There is a better hope for this, thanks to a Yan Moon near the end of its cycle.