In the links they are incredible astronomical phenomena which are always addressed to observation of the night sky. They are not just about planetsbut also the other celestial objects. Only in this month Marchwe will be presented with several opportunities and the first of the remaining sessions this month will happen immediately today, Thursday, March 16. There were two conjunctions on March 2, between Mercury and Saturn and between Venus and Jupiter. But, first of all, it is necessary to explain what it is planetary conjunction.
What is a planetary conjunction?
A planetary conjunction occurs when two or more planets appear close to each other in the sky.. This closeness of the planets causes an optical illusion, as they are actually at huge distances from each other. In other words, Astronomy defines this conjunction occurs when celestial objects share the same right elevation or ecliptic longitude in the sky. And what do these terms mean?
ONE straight ascent considered equivalent to longitude on the Earth’s surface, but in this case projected onto the celestial sphere. Regarding the designation “ecliptic longitude”, it is first necessary to explain what it means ecliptic. It is the imaginary line that traces the Sun’s apparent path across the sky over the course of a year. already it Ecliptic longitude refers to the measurement taken along the ecliptic, eastward, from the position of the Sun taken at the March equinox.
Typically, the distance between objects during a connection ranges from 0.5° to 9°. To help you understand better, imagine that 0.5° is the average width of the Full Moon disk. A conjunction does not necessarily consist only of planets.. It may also include other celestial objects, such as moons, asteroids or stars. Below you can find it upcoming planetary conjunctions this March.
Confusion between planetary conjunction and planetary alignment
Some people confuse planetary conjunction with planetary alignment. while the the combination refers, quite simply, to a smaller than usual distance between objects in the sky (in this case planets), the Alignment refers to a straight line drawn by the planets in the same area of the skywhen observed from Earth.
This Thursday is the Mercury-Neptune conjunction
This Thursday, March 16, at 17:28 GMT (Greenwich Mean Timein Portuguese), with which Mainland Portugal is Wood are run (one hour less at Azores), you The planets Mercury and Neptune will be very close, at a distance of 22′. Neptune will be in the constellation Pisces, while Mercury will be in its neighboring constellation: Aquarius.
This astronomical event will be uniqueas it will take place between Solar conjunction of Neptune, which happened yesterday – Wednesday March 15th – Is the solar conjunction of Mercury, next Friday, March 17.
Unfortunately the planets will be eclipsed by the Sun’s glare.since he will be very close to the Star-King when they perform a conjunction with the central star of our solar system on days near planetary conjunction. Thus, the observation of this astronomical phenomenon will become practically impossible.
The Mercury-Jupiter conjunction will take place on March 28
March 28 at 4:53 am – time in mainland Portugal and Madeira, minus one in the Azores – Mercury will pass very close to Jupiter, at 1°16′, when both are in the constellation of Pisces. The planet Mercury will shine very brightly along with Jupiter. The good news is that both will be visible to the naked eye just after sunset..
On March 30, the Venus-Uranus conjunction will take place.
Finally, the day March 30 at 9:09 pm – hour in mainland Portugal and Madeira, minus one in the Azores, Venus and Uranus will be 1°13′ apart. I will stay very close to each other in the constellation of Aries. Venus will shine so exuberantly that it will be perfectly visible to the eye.
As for Heaven, the same cannot be said. Only with binoculars will it be possible to observe this planet. There is, finally, one big detail that needs to be highlighted in this planetary conjunction: it will be unnecessary to resort to using a telescope to observe the connection as the objects will not fit in your field of view.