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Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto to line up in rare celestial parade this week

Get ready to witness a rare celestial parade this week as three planets of our Solar System – Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn, – and a dwarf – Pluto – line up for a rare event.

You will be able to see Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto all lined up, though not necessarily at the same time, with the moon appearing between Jupiter and Mars in the pre-dawn sky on March 8. Notably, stargazers won’t need any specialized telescopes or viewing instruments or spot the planets.

This promising arrangement of the planets comes just once in few years. The last time when such planetary alignment of the five planets- Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter – happened was in April 2002.

According to NASA, the moon will move along this line of stars and planets, showing up near Jupiter on March 7, between Mars and Jupiter, and above the splendid star Antares on March 8, near Mars on March 9, between Mars and Saturn on March 10, and near Saturn on March 11.

Mercury and Venus will both be visible throughout March in the northern hemisphere shortly after sunset. The two planets will rise higher during the middle of the month.  Jupiter will be visible and bright throughout this month. Currently, the planet has been rising in the early-morning hours. However, it is expected to become visible in the late evening by the end of the month.

Those in the northern hemisphere will be able to see Mars and Saturn close together in late March rising about an hour after midnight. Mars will continue to get brighter for the next several months, outshining Jupiter by July 2018.

The last day of March will have a rare Blue Moon. The expression Blue Moon refers to two full moons occurring in the same month. The celestial event happens when the earth comes directly between the sun and the moon.

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Megha Kedia

Megha Kedia

Megha is a seasoned reporter with over six years of experience covering news in technology, science and related fields. At The Space News, Megha covers space research & technology news.

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