Two Planets Will Be Aligning With The Moon This Weekend
They say that things fell into place perfectly by saying "the stars aligned." But what does it mean when the moon aligns with two planets?
It will happen this weekend and you're going to have about three days to see it!
The moon will be lining up side by side with two of our solar system's biggest planets - Jupiter and Saturn starting on Friday.
According to WGRZ, if you look south between Friday and Sunday, you'll be able to see the waxing gibbous moon on a nearly straight line between Jupiter and Saturn.
Facts about Jupiter
- Jupiter's diameter 11 times bigger than Earth -- meaning you'd have to put 11 Earths side-by-side to match Jupiter's diameter.
- Its surface gravity is nearly three times that of Earth.
- To escape Jupiter's gravity, you'd have to travel 134,664 mph. Earth's escape velocity is 25,031 mph.
- Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a giant storm that is larger than Earth and has been going on for hundreds of years.
- One Jupiter year takes nearly 12 years on Earth.
- Jupiter has 75 moons.
Facts about Saturn
- Saturn's diameter 9.1 times bigger than Earth's.
- It's surface gravity is only slightly more than Earth's (34.3 feet per second squared compared to 32.041 feet per second squared).
- Like Jupiter, it's mainly a giant ball of gas made up of hydrogen and helium.
- One Saturn day lasts 10.7 Earth hours. Its year lasts 29 Earth years.
- Saturn has 53 moons.
- NASA researchers believe Saturn's signature rings may disappear in the next 100 million years.