- Mars, Venus, Moon are set to align on July 12-13.
- Both Mars and Venus will appear in the western horizon under clear weather conditions just after sunset.
- Before that, the moon will pass closest to the two planets.
- This unique phenomenon is part of planetary conjunction. Such conjunction takes place when two planets appear to have come closer, while in reality they remain far away.
- Mars and Venus are likely to be 0.5 degrees apart as observed from Earth, though they are actually further apart.
- The planetary alignment will be observable only from Earth.
Types of Conjunctions
- As seen from a planet that is superior, if an inferior planet is on the opposite side of the Sun, it is in superior conjunction with the Sun.
- An inferior conjunction occurs when the two planets lie in a line on the same side of the Sun.
- In an inferior conjunction, the superior planet is "in opposition" to the Sun as seen from the inferior planet.
- A triple conjunction is an astronomical event where two planets or a planet and a star meet each other three times in a short period, either in opposition or at the time of inferior conjunction, if an inferior planet is involved.
- The lining-up of three planets is a particular case of
What are Superior and Inferior Planets?
· In this situation, the latter planet is said to be superior to the former.