A “close encounter” is scheduled to take place between the Moon and Mars tonight (September 29) as they will be just over 2 degrees apart. In India, this celestial event will be at its height at 8:34 pm. The two celestial bodies will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing south of Mars. But the Moon and Mars will not be alone. Close by will be Venus, Earth’s closest planetary neighbor.
The Moon and Mars will both be in Sagittarius, a major southern constellation and one of the twelve members of the zodiac. If you can see low enough between buildings and trees, you can see them hovering close to each other. You can also watch Venus. There will also be Mercury, although it looks very faint, and Saturn with all its brightness a little further to the left.
According In the sky the event will take place at 15:04 UTC (20:34 IST). However, the pair will be too far apart to fit in a telescope’s field of view, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A conjunction is a celestial event that occurs when two or more astronomical bodies share the same right ascension. In simple terms, any close groupings of celestial objects are generally called conjunctions. However, the precise term used for such groupings is an impulse, which may or may not also be a conjunction.
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