May 22

Triple Planetary Alignment - 2013 May 22

The planets Jupiter, Venus and Mercury were all visible during evening twilight on May 22. Mercury climbs higher each night and is quickly catching up with Venus. This is part of a several-week-long triple planetary alignment as all three bright planets appear together in the evening sky. The planets will move closer together each night culminating in a conspicuous triangle on the evening of May 26.

In the image above, Jupiter appears in the upper left while Venus and Mercury are to the lower right. The figure to the right can also be used to identify the planets on May 22. The Chirichaua Mountains form the horizon.

Complete details on this celestial event can be found on the Portal to the Universe blog post Triple Planetary Alignment. To preview how the event will change from night-to-night, see the Triple Planetary Alignment Viewing Charts.

For photos of this event, see Triple Planetary Alignment Gallery.

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