01 Apr 2018 – 12:49
Doha: Qatar Calendar House announced that five planets in our solar system (Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Mercury and Venus) will be visible in the Doha sky during April.
Each planet will reach the nearest point to the moon in different times of the month.
Astronomer at the Qatari Calendar House Dr. Bashir Marzouk said that Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, will reach the nearest point to the moon twice in April, as the first time will be on Tuesday, 3 April 2018, pointing out that residents of the Arab region and Qatar will have a chance to see the Moon and Jupiter together all night from the time of the moonrise until before the sunrise in the next day. The second time will be on Monday, 30 April 2018, he added.
Dr. Bashir Marzouk said that people of the Arab region can observe three celestial bodies in the sky, which are the moon, Saturn and Mars on Saturday, 7 April 2018 while they will be able to see Mercury and the moon together on Saturday, 14 April 2018.
It is expected that the brightest planets in the solar system, Venus, will be visible on April 17, 2018, Dr. Marzouk said. (QNA)