April 14, 15 & 16th- See The Moon Jupiter, mars & saturn sparkle
Jupiter, Saturn and the Red Planet, Mars, plan to meet up with the Moon this week. On April 14, 15, and 16, the Moon will pay each of them a visit as they're lined up next to each other. Such an alignment only occurs once every 20 years or so.
*Tuesday morning (April 14), the moon will be moving toward the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter.
* Wednesday (April 15), the moon will meet up with the ringed wonder, Saturn.
* Thursday (April 16), the red planet Mars will dance with the Moon.
Our moon will be about 243,000 miles away from Earth during these encounters, while Mars stands 125 million miles, Jupiter is 473 million miles, and Saturn is even farther out in space at 936 million miles.
An interesting tidbit about Mars -- it's inching closer to Earth and will continue to get brighter over time. According to NASA, between now and October --- Mars will get 20 times closer, inching towards Earth at around 800,000 kilometers per day.
To track the planets as they move through the sky you can refer to the rise and set times directly below. You can find your exact rise and set times by visiting In-the-sky.org.
Moon: Rise @ 1:48 - Set @ 11:25
Mars: Rise @ 2:55 - Set @ 13:04
Jupiter: Rise @ 2:01 - Set @ 11:56
Saturn: Rise @ 2:20 - Set @ 12:23
Moon: Rise @ 2:36 - Set @ 12:23
Mars: Rise @ 2:53 - Set @ 13:04
Jupiter: Rise @ 1:58 - Set @ 11:53
Saturn: Rise @ 2:17- Set @ 12:19
Moon: Rise @ 3:15 - Set @ 13:22
Mars: Rise @ 02:51 - Set @ 13:03
Jupiter: Rise @ 1:54 - Set @ 11:49
Saturn: Rise @ 02:13 - Set @ 12:16