You Can See Saturn, Jupiter And The Moon Line In The Texas Sky This August
Friday, August 9th is the first of three consecutive nights you will be able to see Saturn, Jupiter and the Moon all together nearly in a straight line according to Earthsky.org.
They will be visible throughout most of the night and if you are up before dawn you can see Mercury for just a moment prior to the sunrise. Bet you didn't know these fun planet facts.
- Jupiter's diameter 11 times bigger than Earth -- meaning you'd have to put 11 Earths side-by-side to match Jupiter's diameter.
- Its surface gravity is nearly three times that of Earth.
- To escape Jupiter's gravity, you'd have to travel 134,664 mph. Earth's escape velocity is 25,031 mph.
- Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a giant storm that is larger than Earth and has been going on for hundreds of years.
- One Jupiter year takes nearly 12 years on Earth.
- Jupiter has 75 moons.
- Saturn's diameter is 9.1 times bigger than Earth's.
- Its surface gravity is only slightly more than Earth's (34.3 feet per second squared compared to 32.041 feet per second squared).
- Like Jupiter, it's mainly a giant ball of gas made up of hydrogen and helium.
- One Saturn day lasts 10.7 Earth hours. Its year lasts 29 Earth years.
- Saturn has 53 moons.
So bring out a lawn chair and check out this rare sighting.