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The Moon Will Swallow Saturn This Friday Morning, And You Can See The Event Yourself

4 Apr 2019, 14:01 UTC
The Moon Will Swallow Saturn This Friday Morning, And You Can See The Event Yourself
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When the Moon and another planet make a close approach to one another in the night sky, we get the astronomical phenomenon of a conjunction. If they appear to overlap, we get something far more exciting: an occultation, which is typically visible from only a few locations on Earth at once. There is an occultation event happening on Friday morning between the Moon and Saturn, and you won’t want to miss it if you’re in the right location. (DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)It’s rare but spectacular when the Moon passes in front of another planet. Here’s how to see it.From our perspective on Earth, the night sky appears virtually unchanged with the passage of time. The stars and galaxies throughout the Universe change positions and have their properties evolve, but only on timescales typically much greater than a human would notice. The exception is for the closest objects of all: those within our Solar System, like the Moon and our planets.These nearby bodies move through the sky from our perspective because of the gravitational forces at play, causing them to wander from night to night in a predictable fashion. Occasionally, planets and moons pass close to one another, and in even rarer ...

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