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Look Out For a Rare Quadruple Formation in the Night Sky This Week

On March 9 and 10, stargazers will get to see an impressive sight in the morning sky, as Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn appear in near-perfect alignment—and a sliver of the moon frames these planets towards the southeast horizon.  

With this Quadruple Formation, all four celestial objects will be easy enough to see with the naked eye, but as always when it comes to gazing up at the night sky, binoculars or a telescope will help you spot extra details—such as Jupiter’s largest moons, and maybe even the rings of Saturn.

Rings of Saturn, NASA/JPL-Caltech

Jupiter will appear as the brightest of the three planets, while Mercury will be quite faint.

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If Mercury appears as a tiny quarter moon through your telescope? That’s because only a small portion of the planet will appear illuminated to us on Earth. Our moon, right now, is also a waning crescent.

Wishing you the clearest mid-week skies, and that you enjoy the special show.

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