If you are someone who finds joy in looking at the sky, you are in for a rare celestial treat.
Malaysians, as well as with most parts of the world, are in for this treat as the five planets of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury align in a rare astronomical event from last night until the end of February.
This rare alignment will be visible simultaneously before dawn during this period. The best display of this phenomenon is expected to be on Jan 27 when the Moon comes into alignment with the five and Jupiter and Venus will shine the brightest.
A senior lecturer at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Physics, Dr Cindy Ng told TODAY that four planets, with the exception of Mercury, had already been visible for several days.
Mercury, she said, has just become visible, having moved far enough from the Sun.
“Usually, we see the five planets in the night sky at different times of the night. It is thus a special event to observe all five planets in the night sky at one time,” she was quoted as saying.
Those who wish to see this rare event can begin their watch just after 8pm tonight (12.50pm GMT).
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But wait, before you go out viewing tonight, here's this week's Personality Quiz, you've guessed it, related to the Planets. Find out What Planet Are You From? Interesting questionnaire too.
Happy Friday, everyone!
HappySurfer Is From the Moon
You can vibe with the steady rhythms of the Moon.
You're in touch with your emotions and intuition.
You possess a great, unmatched imagination - and an infinite memory.
Ultra-sensitive, you feel at home anywhere (or with anyone).
A total healer, you light the way in the dark for many.