watch the uncommon ‘triple conjunction’ of Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn tonight

Simply weeks after Jupiter and Saturn dazzled stargazers by canoodling side-by-side within the night time sky, one other “nice conjunction” of planets is on the best way — and this time, Mercury is invited to the celebration, too.

On Sunday (Jan. 10), the three planets will seem shut collectively in a uncommon triple conjunction occasion. In response to Reside Science’s sister web site House.com, the three our bodies will type a “small, neat triangle” low within the west-southwest sky, showing about 30 to 45 minutes after sundown that night. Jupiter will seem on the high of the triangle, glowing about two-and-a-half occasions brighter than Mercury, and 10 occasions brighter than Saturn.

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A simulation by Starry Knight exhibiting what the triple conjunction will appear like, and the place to seek out it. (Picture credit score: Starry Knight)

As a result of the trio will seem so near the horizon and so near sundown, House.com’s skywatching columnist Joe Rao strongly recommends that stargazers use a pair of binoculars to obviously see the planets towards the twilight sky.

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