What did you imagine when I said ‘Smiley face’? Of course, it’s an emoticon you get in your mind not planets aligning at all.
But, here’s something fascinating for you. Jupiter, Venus and the moon gonna get aligned to a rare form of a smiley face for us to see in the night sky on the 16th of May 2020.
This rare phenomenon is called the conjunction. You should never miss this wonderful sight as it happened 12 years ago in 2008. Therefore, it’s obvious that this isn’t a regular occurrence. And also the same thing took place in the night sky of the Philippines in 2007.
One of the explanations by the Space.com of occultation read, “happens when one object passes in front of another from an observer’s perspective. A simple example is a solar eclipse. From a certain area on Earth, the Moon passes in front of the sun and either partially or totally blocks the light. So, we can say that the sun is eclipsed or occulted.”
The star Venus passed in front of Jupiter in 1818. The astronomers guess this type of an incident will take place again in 2065.
Although this phenomenon which is to take place in May seems to be an occultation, this is a real conjunction according to the explanations of the RMG, “In astronomy, a conjunction occurs when any two astronomical objects (such as asteroids, Moons, planets, and stars) appear to be close together in the sky, as observed from Earth.”
So what’s the significance of this event? The experts say that this relies on the imagination and identification of the human brains. We usually get an idea in our minds to take a picture of the special eye-catching scenes we see. However, it’s going to give you an incredible chance to snap a smiley face this time. It’s quite a known fact that all the planets make different types of alignments during their cycle around the sun. But, forming a smiley face is unusual and amazing!
By the way, why do I call this a rare incident? Jupiter does not usually move so close to the moon as Venus. Venus comes to this position regularly once a month. So now when Jupiter does the same, we will see both Venus and Jupiter as the two eyes and the moon as the big mouth. Finally, this will form a face with a delicate smile!
#HeadlineChallenge: The world needs reasons to smile – and the solar system is about to give us a helping hand. On May 16, a crescent moon, beneath Venus & Jupiter, will form a smiley face in the sky…@PeteBarronMedia goes with PUT ON A HAPPY SPACE. pic.twitter.com/G6Tmz0Lx34
— BBC Radio Tees (@BBCTees) March 30, 2020
Australians were able to witness this event at night between 20h00 and 23h00 in 2008. Jupiter was the right eye while Venus was aligned as the left one. The next chance for them to see this amazing incident will be in 2036.
If you’re interested to see a smiling face above you, don’t forget to have a look at the night sky on the 16th of May 2020!