People in Qatar can see a number of planets of the solar system close to the moon this month, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said citing astronomical calculations.
These astronomical phenomena are important because they offer a good chance to observe these planets and the moon together at the same time with the naked eye or through digital cameras, and also act as a guide for amateur astronomers to learn about the map of the sky and validate astronomical calculations, noted astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk has said.
Mercury and Saturn will be coming close to the moon on Monday, January 15, according to a statement issued jointly by QCH director Dr Mohamed al-Ansari and Dr Marzouk.
Saturn will be at two degrees from the southern moon's centre, while Mercury will be at three degrees from the southern moon's centre, Dr Marzouk explains.
People in the country will be able to see Saturn and Mercury together with the moon with the naked eye over the eastern horizon of the Doha dawn sky from the rising time of Saturn and Mercury until before sunrise.
Saturn and Mercury will appear over the eastern horizon after 5am, Dr Marzouk adds.
On Thursday, Jupiter and Mars came close to the moon in the dawn sky, with the two planets being at approximately four degrees from the southern moon's centre.
Qatar inhabitants were able to observe Jupiter and Mars together with the moon with the naked eye or recent digital cameras over the eastern horizon of the Doha dawn sky.