Worldwide icon-chevron-right You can see the moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn together in the sky this week
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You can see the moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn together in the sky this week

The planets won’t be this close together again for more than two years

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Right now, our normal daily lives have slowed down. We’re no longer rushing to work, travelling across the city or maintaining a packed social diary. Most of us – brave key workers aside – have become very home-centric, and that might mean that you’ve started to pay more attention to the natural world around you. Maybe you’ve started noticing and appreciating bright days more. Perhaps you’re taking photos of blossom-laden trees on your daily walk. Or you might have a new found interest in the night’s sky? 

If so, you’re in for one thrilling week. Couldn’t get enough of last week’s pink super moon? Well, gaze skywards for the next few nights and you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the moon hanging out with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. 

Looks like the celestial orbs didn’t get the social distancing memo as they’ll all be spotted super close together from tonight (April 14) until Thursday (April 16). The best time to see the get-together is around an hour before sunrise (between 4 and 5am should do it) each morning. 

The gathering isn’t going to happen again for more than two years, which is as good a reason as any to set your alarm if you ask us. That, and then you get to be first in line at the supermarket when you’re done. 

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