If you’re into numbers, you’ll find that the 9% per cent illuminated Moon will be less than one degree from Venus and about 6 degrees from the second-brightest planet, Jupiter.
When conjunctions aren’t unusual, they are exciting to check out out in a distinct night time sky.
“To observe this event, go to a location with a clear view of the west with as few horizon obstructions as possible”, said Dr Abel Yang, who teaches physics and astronomy at the National University of Singapore.
Since, these three astronomical bodies, Moon, Venus and Jupiter are the second, third and fourth brightest objects respectively in our solar system after the Sun, it was very easy to locate them in the night sky. Then you’ll see bright Venus and the fainter Jupiter to the north, Novacek said. It is pointed out that the two planets will be separated by distance less than the diameter of moon.
Venus and Jupiter have been visible through the week, but will be joined by a waxing crescent Moon on Saturday evening.
In July, many people have made it an occasion to throw “conjunction parties” and putting their selfies with the celestial event on their social media network.
Friday’s moon will be a crescent moon and these planets will be on either side of the moon. “So although conjunctions are not rare, the event is attractive and scenic, and a great opportunity for photographers to explore creative angles”, Lim told the Straits Times of Singapore.