May 26

Triple Planetary Alignment - 2013 May 26

The planets Jupiter, Venus and Mercury form a conspicuous triangle during evening twilight on May 26. This is the climax of a several-week-long triple planetary alignment as all three bright planets appear together in the evening sky. A bright meteor appears just above the Chiricahua Mountains. The foreground is illuminated by light from the rising Moon in a separate exposure taken two hours later.

In the image above, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury appear from left to right. The figure to the right can also be used to identify the planets on May 26.

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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