Monday, July 11, 2011

A Sky Treat For Earthlings

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If you are a stargazer or into astronomy, you would be interested to view Neptune in the sky as it completes its 164.7 year orbit around the sun for the first time since its discovery in September 23, 1846. It will be visible as a faint glow in the sky at 1:00 AM tomorrow (July 12, Tuesday) with the use of binoculars or a telescope. However, a rainy weather may spoil this Neptune apparition.

Aside from Neptune, other planets may also be seen. Uranus will also appear in the horizon. Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye as a bright light on the eastern horizon. According to PAGASA, its four moons can be seen changing positions as they orbit. Venus will be visible before sunrise in the east northeastern horizon until the first half of July while Mars could be seen throughout the whole month.

Saturn and Mercury will make its appearance in the evening sky in the western horizon just before sunset.