7 Planets in Solar System Will be Visible in the Night Sky this Week

A montage of planets in our solar system snapped by the Voyager spacecraft. NASA

We may not yet know what’s written in the stars for the 2020 presidential election, but the planets of our solar system are gathering in our sky for a watch party this week.

November’s cosmic spectacle instead will take an entire night to spot each planet as it comes and goes over the horizon between sunset and sunrise — still less time than it’s going to take America to learn the results of the election.

EarthSky reported on the phenomenon, with important notes on how and when to view.

Saturn and Jupiter are the headliners in November as the two giants approach their 20-year reunion, called the great conjunction, in our sky next month. This year is special: 2020 will be their closest brush since 1623.

Mars is looking bolder now since it reached opposition on Oct. 13, when its position directly faced the sun, affording it the ability to burn brighter than usual. (This won’t be seen again until 2035.) There’s still time to see the red planet shine fiercely in the eastern half of the sky — competing for the title of second-brightest planet with Jupiter in the west. (Hint: Put your money on Jupiter. Mars peaked in October.)

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SOURCE: New York Post,