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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Jupiter and Venus Captured In Alignment Over Werribee’s Night Sky

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Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are all visibly aligned in the sky for the first time since 947AD.

The Werribee News did not have it’s image hardware available last night to capture Mars and Saturn in the same image due to the distance and separation of the planets Jupiter and Mars however, all four planets were stunning to the naked eye out to the east at 5:12am 4/21/2021

From the horizon out to the north east you can find Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn. As the month nears its end, the moon will join in the conjunction, appearing below each of the planets from April 25 to 27. On April 30, Venus and Jupiter will appear to be headed toward a collision course.

All four planets come into alignment every 1000 years so its worth setting your alarm clock at 4:40am as the last planet, Jupiter starts to peak over the horizon.

Image taken from New York. Northern Hemisphere

From Werribee, you will be start struck with your naked eye, a visual 10 fold more amazing as the image above. Don’t miss out star gazers!

Seen in the northern hemisphere, Venus, Saturn and Mars began to cluster in late March 2022, though whether they’re far enough above the horizon to view before sunrise depends on your location. Observers farther east and south in North America will have views in the wee hours of the morning, while those in the Pacific Northwest won’t see the cluster rise until about an hour before sunrise.

This won’t be the only time you can spot multiple planets at once this year. From late June to early July, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will appear in the early-morning sky.

Optimal viewing time in Werribee is 5:07am as the last planet, Venus begins to appear over the horizon capturing all four planets viewably aligned to the naked at the same time. If you are not to sure where to look, face heading Melbourne’s CBD.

Where to look

Basic Visual Guide – Werribee News | Seen reversed in the southern hemisphere as opposed to the Northern Hemisphere image in taken in New York

Let’s hope this is an astronomical positive sign of better things to come for all mankind after looking back on the negative events of the past three years. Pandemic’s, Economic Loss, Environmental Disasters, and War.

The featured image in this story has been rotated from it’s original orientation 90deg clockwise for enhanced online viewing.

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