Set your alarm clock for early in the morning for a special conjunction of Mars and Venus (a conjunction is where two astronomical objects, likes planets, appear close together in the sky).

The planetary pair rise in the southern sky together at 4am (AWST) — that’s a full two hours before sunrise. For all you early bird stargazers (or anyone who hasn’t gone to bed yet), look to the eastern horizon where Mars and the morning star, Venus, will appear incredibly close together. While the pair will be too far apart to easily fit within a telescope’s viewfinder, this makes the conjunction a great choice for naked eye astronomy, or viewing through a pair of binoculars.

Check out the above image from Stellarium.com to get an idea of what you’re looking for, and grab a copy of the latest Astronomy Australia almanac at Stargazers Club WA.

When and where to look:

From 4am, 22nd February in the east-south-east.

Something Interesting:

Ancient astronomers recognised that five “stars” moved quickly and predictably across the night sky. These stars were monitored and tracked and are now recognised as the five planets visible to the naked eye: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

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