About 45 minutes before sunrise on July 19, U.S. astronomy enthusiasts will be expected to observe the “five-star beads” and crescent moons without the need for telescopes,media CNET reported. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the new moon are all observed. “Find a clear horizon in the north-east and south-west,” suggests Dr. Jeffrey Hunter, an astronomy educator and former curator of planetariums, in an article published on his website, “When the Curves Line Up.”
Hunter offers tips for finding each planet. Venus, he says, will “shine in the eastern sky”. The new moon will be in the northeast sky. Mercury will be on the right side of the moon, Mars will be in the south-east mid-air, Jupiter will be above the southwest horizon, and Saturn will be at the top left of Jupiter.
Hunt also said binoculars may be needed to help find moons, Mercury and Jupiter. If people miss out, the five planets in the sky can still be seen in the morningafter of July 19, but the new moon will not be observed.
“On consecutive mornings, watch 3-4 minutes in advance every day,” Hunter suggests. “You may catch it in the sky around July 25th (‘five-star beads’).
If more is to be observed, you can also find Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in the sky between Venus and Jupiter, but a telescope is needed to observe the three planets. And as NASA points out, if people look at Jupiter with binoculars, they might see its four largest moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.