Those who love observing the stars and looking for planets in the night sky, can experience double delight in this week. Our satellite, Moon will be seen sharing sky space closely with Jupiter and Saturn. On the night of May 21, people from UK can see Jupiter in the night sky, very close to the waning moon at about 1am BST. Jupiter will be towards the south-southeast direction of the moon. And two days later ie on May 23, one will be able to see Moon and the ring planet, Saturn very close in the night sky. Rose-Coloured Jupiter: NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Captures Stunning Picture of Massive Storm on Largest Planet.
Moon and Jupiter
Those who want to observe these planets need to be in areas with clear skies. If you have a little knowledge about observing the constellations, then Jupiter will be between the zodiacal constellations of Sagittarius and Scorpius. At this point, you can see the planet even with your naked eye. Jupiter will be the brightest star in the sky. At 1 am on May 21, Jupiter will be almost 652 million kilometres from Earth. And while it may seem that Moon and Jupiter are very close, the two will actually be far away. Astronomers Accidentally Discover 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter; The Biggest Planet Now Has a Total of 79 Satellites!
Moon and Saturn
The lunar satellite will also be closer to the planet of Saturn on May 23 night. At about 11.07 pm IST, the two celestial objects will be seen together. They will share their ascension at the same time thus will be seen close by. If you have a telescope and a clear sky view, then one can also see the rings of the Saturn. So if you are a lover of the moon and want to look at planets closer, then don't forget to take time out and observe the night sky over the next two days.