April 30

As my parents will attest, as a child I would wake them up at all hours of the night to see unique celestial events.   From meteor showers to planetary peculiarities, I’d bring them outside in my PJs to witness whatever spectacle was occurring.   Many decades later, these curiosities are still fascinating to me.   Click on the picture for an enlarged depiction. And the following is a nice summary by Space.com:

“If you get up any morning for the next few weeks, you’ll be treated to the sight of all the planets except Saturn arrayed along the ecliptic, the path of the sun through the sky.  For the last two months, almost all the planets have been hiding behind the sun, but this week they all emerge and are arrayed in a grand line above the rising sun. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are visible, and you can add Uranus and Neptune to your count if you have binoculars or a small telescope.  This sky map of the six planets shows how they should appear at dawn to observers with clear weather and an unobstructed view.”



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