It’s been just revealed that next month, the moon, Jupiter and Venus will be showing off a smile in the skies for us. This will be taking place on May 16th.
The planets will align in a rare position that will be forming a smiley face in the sky as you will see in the tweet below.
The rare event is called a conjunction
This is a really rare event that is called conjunction, and you should not miss it. The last time than such an event took place was 12 years ago back in 2008.
In 2007, this also happened in the Philippines when the skies lit up at night.
#HeadlineChallenge: The world needs reasons to smile – and the solar system is about to give us a helping hand. On May 16, a crescent moon, beneath Venus & Jupiter, will form a smiley face in the sky…@PeteBarronMedia goes with PUT ON A HAPPY SPACE. pic.twitter.com/G6Tmz0Lx34
— BBC Radio Tees (@BBCTees) March 30, 2020
The website Space.com also offers readers an explanation about the alignment or occultation.
Such a thing “happens when one object passes in front of another from an observer’s perspective. A simple example is a solar eclipse. From a certain area on Earth, the Moon passes in front of the sun and either partially or totally blocks the light. So, we can say that the sun is eclipsed or occulted.”
It’s interesting to note that Venus passed in front of Jupiter in 1818, and it seems that this will happen again in 2065.
Physics-astronomy.com reveals that even if this event that will be taking place the next month might seem to be an occultation, it’s actually a conjunction.
“In astronomy, a conjunction occurs when any two astronomical objects (such as asteroids, Moons, planets, and stars) appear to be close together in the sky, as observed from Earth,” they note.
Update: Unfortunately, this turned out to be fake news and it was picked up by lots of important publications such as BBC, an astrophotography website, and more.