PLANETARY ALIGNMENT WILL MARK THE FIRST DAWN OF THE YEAR

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The year 2018 is almost over and 2019 is already knocking on the door. And as we look forward to the total lunar eclipse of January 21, a planetary alignment will take place on the first dawn of the year, involving our Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and even Mercury. Just before dawn on Tuesday, Jan. 1, the planets will form the interesting setting in the sky.

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At the highest elevation will be the Moon, with 20% of its disk illuminated by the Sun, which will still charm the alignment. Just below will be Venus, the hottest planet in the solar system, with enough magnitude to be brighter than any star in the sky. Jupiter, the largest planet in our system, will be beneath Venus with an incredible glow. To conclude, Mercury, the first planet in the order of the solar system, will also be visible at the lowest elevation of the alignment.

Do not despair, this phenomenon means no end of the world or catastrophe, just a beautiful setting to observe in the sky. But stay tuned, Mercury will only be visible to those who have a good view of the horizon in the East direction, after all, the planet will not rise much in the sky compared to other stars. The alignment itself will begin at 4:30 am, with only the Moon, Venus and Jupiter in the sky - only Mercury that will be visible a little later at 5:20 a.m.

In addition to this incredible event, 2019 holds several meteor showers, planetary conjunctions and eclipses. Follow our page to stay connected on upcoming astronomical events and do not miss any of them. Be sure to observe this first phenomenon of the year and wait for the next ones here on our Facebook page.
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