Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Venus, Jupiter, and Moon will converge this weekend

Just after sunset this weekend, the sky will put on a spectacular show.

Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter, aligned over the southern hemisphere in May. (AP)
Venus, Jupiter and Earth’s crescent moon will converge in a “triple conjunction” that will be visible from anywhere in the world, reports. If the sky conditions are good, the planet Mercury may be visible too.

The last major alignment of the planets happened in May, when the southern hemisphere was treated with a foursome — Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter all aligned.

At the time, Fred Watson, an astronomer at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, said the planetary show may not be rivaled for another 29 years.

But this weekend’s show could prove Watson wrong.

If your local weather forecasts clouds or rain, you can still watch the event streaming online.


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Tags:  Space, Venus, Jupiter, Moon, Astronomy, Stargazing

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