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THANKSGIVING is already a special day for families across the US – but there’s an extra sprinkle of magic as three planets align.
Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the sky this monthCredit: Corbis
What time is the Thanksgiving planet alignment?
November 25, 2021, is a great time to watch Jupiter and Saturn draw closer to Venus in the night sky.
Jupiter, Saturn and Venus should be visible above the southern horizon.
They look like stars shining brighter than any of the others around them.
Venus will be visible as the Sun is setting.
If you have clear skies, the best time to look will be just after dark in your area as Jupiter and Saturn will move closer to Venus and the horizon as the night continues.
The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics said: “Watching November’s evening planets from night to night is akin to watching a slow-motion chase.
“Venus comes out in the setting sun’s afterglow and barely seems to budge all month long.
“But not so Saturn and brilliant Jupiter. After nightfall, you can watch them close in on Venus as they head toward the horizon.”
How can I see the Thanksgiving alignment of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn?
Venus will be the most visible and to the bottom right of the trio.
Jupiter will be to the top left of the trio with Saturn in the middle.
They should form a diagonal line in the sky before drawing closer together.
You don’t necessarily need a telescope but might want one for a closer look.
Try looking from a dark location with limited light pollution and clear skies.
How often are planet alignments?
With different orientations and tilts of their orbits, the eight major planets in our solar system can never be perfectly aligned.
It’s been more than 1,000 years since the were in the same part of the sky – 949AD. This won’t happen again until 2492.
In 2002, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury aligned – with a similar display set to happen in 2040.
One average, the three inner planets – Mars, Venus and Earth – line up every 39.6 years.
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