Three planets approaching moon this month
September 14 2018 08:21 PM
Qatar

Doha

Three planets - Jupiter, Saturn and Mars - will come close to the moon this month and can be viewed by people in the country, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said.
These astronomical phenomena are important because they help guide amateur astronomers and validate astronomical calculations, according to QCH.
On September 17, people in Qatar will have a good chance of seeing Saturn approach the moon. It will be at a distance of two degrees from the southern moon's centre, QCH astronomy expert Dr Beshir Marzouk has said in a statement.
They can view Saturn and the moon together with the naked eye over the southwest horizon of the Qatar sky from sunset time (5.38pm) until the setting time of Saturn (11.16pm). 
Then, on September 20, Mars will be at five degrees from the southern moon's centre in the southeast direction.
People in the country will have a chance to see Mars and the moon together with the naked eye over the southeast horizon from sunset time (5.34pm) until the setting time of Mars (1.12am on September 21), the statement notes.
On Friday, Jupiter came close to the moon and was at angular distance of four degrees from the southern moon's centre.
Jupiter and the moon were together visible with the naked eye over the western horizon of the Qatar sky after sunset time (5.40pm) until the setting time of Jupiter (8.37pm), QCH added.



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