We may not yet realize what’s written in the stars for the 2020 presidential election, yet the planets of our close planetary system are gathering in our sky for a watch party this week.
November’s cosmic spectacle rather will take a whole night to recognize every planet as it goes back and forth into the great beyond among sunset and sunrise — still less time than it will take America to gain proficiency with the results of the election.
EarthSky gave an account of the phenomenon, with significant notes on how and when to see.
Saturn and Jupiter are the main events in November as the two giants approach their 20-year get-together, called the incredible combination, in our sky one month from now. This year is special: 2020 will be their nearest brush since 1623.
Mars is looking bolder now since it arrived opposition on Oct. 13, when its position straightforwardly confronted the sun, bearing the cost of it the capacity to consume more brighter than expected. (This won’t be seen again until 2035.) There’s still an ideal opportunity to see the red planet shine wildly in the eastern half of the sky — competing for the title of second-most brightest planet with Jupiter in the west.
Venus, nonetheless, is beating them all as the most luminous celestial item behind the sun and moon. Yet, stargazers should hold out until the extremely early times to be astonished by our galactic neighbor’s brilliance. For the Southern Hemisphere, that is around an hour and a half before the sun comes up.
Those farther north get a head start, close to around three hours. Powerful little Mercury will go with Venus from below, closer to the horizon, in the early morning hours.
Then, Uranus and Neptune will be overhead yet undetectable to the naked eye. With the assistance of binoculars or a telescope, Saturn can be uncovered only a couple hours after 12 PM. At 1.7 billion miles away.
Uranus may be barely noticeable without visual aid yet will show up faint even on a clear evening. Thanks to a waning moon approaching the finish of its cycle, there’s better hope in it.