News of another lovely celestial event has come in from the Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai. Arvind Paranjpye, who has just moved to the planetarium as its Director from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, informs us of an opportunity to see all the ‘naked eye’ planets at night between February 23 to March 2.
As always, the resourceful skygazer has created computer simulation images to show what the cosmic phenomenon would look like. He traces the moon, half hour past sunset in the western sky above Mumbai, to track the lunar movement vis-a-vis the planets Mercury, Venus and Jupiter between February 23 and 27, 2012.
This is also a good opportunity to see Mercury, he says observing that Copernicus who first suggested that planets go around the Sun instead of the Earth, never saw Mercury himself.
The last such planet show was during April-May last year when Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Mars came together in the dawn sky.
For more information on this and more celestial events happening over India, here‘s Arvind’s helpful blog.
Happy planet watching!