It’s a rare spectacle, rare enough to make anyone get up just a bit early and gaze at the brightening eastern sky. From the 28th of April, continuing till the 1st or even 2nd of May, the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter will be seen along with the Moon, all on the eastern sky just above the horizon.
Get your telescopes, or binoculars, or just use your naked eyes to view this planetary symphony. Venus will be readily spotted, as a pretty bright dot. Mercury will also be quite visible. Mars will be dim and closer to the horizon. Spotting Mars will be a slight challenge and enthusiasts should enjoy that. Further, Jupiter will be very close to Mars and, again, near the horizon. (See picture below.)
People living in the middle latitudes (about 40 degrees north or south) will have a small window to observe since most of the time, the planets will be below the horizon. After they appear, it won’t be too long before sunrise. Those living closer to the equator will have better opportunity.
An important word of caution: Remember that this will be close to sunrise, so be careful about staring directly at the Sun. By no means, should you aim at the Sun using a telescope or binoculars. Protect your eyes – the Sun is powerful enough to blind you, if you look directly at it.
If you miss your alarm on the 29th, don’t worry. You can catch this again next day, onto the 1st of May.
Oh, and this has nothing to do with your luck throughout the day, so don’t trust anyone trying to sell you an astrological ring. Just enjoy the view!
Wishing you happy planet hunting!