You can observe a rare spectacle on March 28 with a little luck and good preparation. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus will be visible simultaneously in a small space.
The planets will also be visible on the days before and after March 28, but they will be closest together on this date. Since the sky is expected to be cloudy in the coming days, at least four planets could be visible between March 26 and 31.
Observation in the early evening
Mercury and Jupiter will only be visible in the early evening; Venus should shine brightly enough to be visible to the naked eye until about 9 pm. With its reddish glow, Mars is far above and can be observed longer.
Jupiter will be visible near the horizon until 8:20 pm. The moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto can also be seen with a telescope. A telescope is also needed to visit Uranus. The bluish planet does not shine brightly, so light pollution in a city also prevents observation.
Little light pollution and telescope
Astronomy enthusiasts who want to observe the phenomenon should look for a place far away from large towns. If the weather plays along, you can watch the planets with a good pair of binoculars or even an entry-level telescope.
A good place is, for example, star park in the Salzkammergut. It is one of the registered dark sky resorts without light pollution. A star atlas is also necessary to locate objects, for example, with the help of apps like Stellarium or Star Walk.
- source: futurezone.at/picture: Bild von Garik Barseghyan auf Pixabay
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