Tuesday 11 August 2020 11:03 PM
Venus is the brightest night celestial body after the moon, and it appears throughout the month above the eastern horizon before dawn. Meanwhile, Mars appears red over the eastern horizon around midnight throughout the month. While the two planets are absent with the first moments of sunrise.
The head of the Astronomy and Space Sciences Department at King Abdulaziz University, Dr. Hassan Muhammad Asiri, said that Jupiter begins, and to the east of it Saturn, appears together over the southeastern horizon from after sunset until late at night throughout the month.
Noting that Jupiter is brighter than Saturn. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen around midnight at the same time.
He added, “Venus reaches its westerly elongation on August 13, when the angular distance between the sun and the planet with respect to the Earth reaches 45.8 degrees, while its luminosity reaches (-1.4). The maximum elongation is the most appropriate opportunity and time to observe Venus above the eastern horizon before dawn.” “.
He explained that there is an apparent convergence between Venus and the Moon on the morning of August 15, and between Jupiter and the Moon on the morning of August 29. On the other hand, Saturn will join the moon at 7:32 pm on August 29, when the angular distance between the two bodies reaches 2.2 degrees. The conjugation of two celestial bodies, apparently close to each other, occurs when they are located on the same celestial meridian.
And he indicated that if the telescope is used, the four Galileo satellites of Jupiter, the Red Spot, and the belts spanning its equator can be monitored, and Saturn’s rings and a number of its moons can be monitored. While it is possible to observe the polar peaks and the light and dark regions of Mars, and note that Venus is passing through phases that are somewhat similar to those of the moon.
Source: Sabq electronic newspaper