Space & Astronomy
Rare planetary alignment on Friday 13th
By T.K. Randall
May 12, 2011 · 32 comments
Image Credit: NASA
In a spectacular event Venus, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter will all line up in the sky this Friday.
"Every couple of years you get two or three planets that come close together, but to have four is particularly rare," says Geoffrey Wyatt of Sydney Observatory. In modern times the alignment has occured only once every 50 to 100 years.
Venus, in the middle of the group, will be the brightest. Just above and to the left will be Jupiter, while Mercury will be to the right of Jupiter and slightly fainter. Early risers have already noticed Jupiter and Venus in the eastern sky before sunrise, Mr Wyatt said.
Source: Herald Sun
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