February 26, 2019 Post #1
Upcoming Lunar Events: In the early morning hours of February 27th, Northern Hemisphere inhabitants will have the rare chance to see both the huge gaseous planet Jupiter in conjunction with the moon as well as Venus and Saturn. You can look at a map of how to view them here. The actual conjunction of the moon and Jupiter will occur at 9:17 EST during the day. This means most people in the Northern Hemisphere will not be able to see the actual conjunction, but you can still watch the close approach during the sunrise. Venus and Saturn will be positioned to the left of the Moon and Jupiter and will be visible during the same time frame. Also, at sunset, Mercury will be visible during its greatest elongation from the sun, meaning it is as far away as it can get from the sun in its lunar path. Above Mercury, Mars will also be visible as a pale orange dot(see what I did there, Carl Sagan?)and will be in the visible area for 5 hours after sunset.
In Mars news, the robot 'mole' that was landed on Mars as a part of Nasa's InSight Mission will begin its digging tonight, February 26th, with the goal of measuring how heat flows through the planet. With this knowledge, scientists can begin to find out how Mars formed and how it has come to its current state. Read more here.