Millions of white stars are spread all across our skies every single night, but while they’re mostly indistinguishable, some of them are actually way more than impossibly distant suns. Last night, unbeknownst to many, a couple of our neighbours came out to play, and Malta’s clear skies helped them get snapped.
A celestial parade happened last night and early this morning, with the brilliantly bright “morning star” Venus, the gas giant Jupiter and the ringed planet Saturn all getting lined up across the sky along with the crescent moon.
While Saturn was quite tough to spot, today’s super clear skies over Malta allowed for some perfect views of the moon, Jupiter and Venus. And one Maltese woman was there to capture it all.
Appearing in the southeastern sky from North America and Europe, the event was visible to the naked eye. Saturn, which was close to the horizon, was easier to see from an elevated position, but still rather tough to glimpse compared to the brighter Venus, Jupiter… and the moon, of course.
And while this particular event is not particularly rare, it’s still cool and pretty AF.
When will the Solar System line up like this again?
A crescent moon will next pass close to Venus on 3rd March, but both Venus and Jupiter will be much further apart then. Our celestial twin will appear super close to Jupiter again on the evening of 24th November.
If you want to see even more planets lining up, however, you’re going to have to wait to 2040. This is when Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mars and the moon will all be visible in a “super conjunction” line on 8th September.