All around the world, balconies have been getting some serious screen time.
Many have taken to theirs to dance, sing, and—most importantly—show their appreciation to healthcare workers during this difficult period caused by COVID-19.
But tonight, there is something else happening that the public might want to catch a glimpse of from their balconies or gardens. While we all practise social distancing, Saturn and Mars won’t be following the rules as they will appear to meet in the sky tonight. (It seems Saturn wanted in on the action after Mars and Jupiter decided to get close earlier this month.)
The two planets have decided they’re bored of staying apart and will make a break towards each other. We say tonight, but you’ll likely need an early rise for this one. It’s said that to be in with a chance of seeing this action, you’ll need to look to the east around two hours before sunrise tomorrow morning. A kick in the face for those still reeling from that lost hour of precious sleep on Saturday night. But, it’s not something that comes around just any day, so you should be able to make an exception.
Hopefully, upon looking east, you’ll see Mars hanging out below Saturn, with Jupiter chilling to the right of them. It could be quite a sight to behold. Clouds, for the love of God, please just give us this one!
Cloud-cooperation permitting, you could enjoy a slap-up breakfast alongside some stunning visuals, albeit a little earlier than you’re used to. Look out for Mars, which is orangey-brown (like this), and Saturn which has a more yellowy shade (thankfully the sun won’t be around at that time to confuse it with).
If you’re on your balcony, however, maybe hold off the applause for this one. While it may stun you into oblivion, your neighbours not-in-the-know for this stargazing occasion may not appreciate it.
See also: NASA have released the highest resolution photo of Mars ever seen.