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Planet Parade

If you look at the night sky on March 7 and 8 you will be able to see three other planets in line with the Moon: Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. This type of event is called a conjunction.

These planets look to be in line because of their elliptical orbit. In our solar system the planets all revolve around each other (they only seem to revolve around the sun due to the Sun’s mass). This leads to the planets being in line.

There are also some things to keep in mind when looking for these planets.

  1. The planets will be in the south, so find a place where the southern sky can be seen and where there is little light pollution.
  2. Know how the planets will look. Mars is a reddish planet and looks like a red dot. Jupiter glows white throughout the night. It is the second brightest point of light in the night sky. Saturn looks like a small yellowish-white dot.
  3. Planets are bigger than stars, so if it is really small chances are it isn’t a planet.
  4. It might be helpful to get a star map and use easy to see landmarks (like the Big Dipper) to find the general area.
  5. Have fun!