The Qatar Calendar House announced that three planets of the solar system; Jupiter, Venus and Mars, will approach the moon in the sky of Qatar during the month of March, as the residents of Qatar will be able to see and monitor the three planets in the sky in the evening after sunset
Dr Bashir Marzouk, an astronomer at the Qatar Calendar House, stated that on the evening of Wednesday, the 30th of Sha’ban 1444 AH, corresponding to 22 March 2023, the giant planet of the solar system, Jupiter, will fall near the crescent of the blessed month of Ramadan, and the residents of Qatar will be able to observe the crescent and Jupiter together.
The Ramadan crescent moon and planet Jupiter can be viewed with the naked eye or astronomical devices above the western horizon of the sky of the State of Qatar from after sunset on Wednesday until the time of the setting of the crescent, knowing that the time of sunset will be at 5:46 pm, while the crescent will set at 6:36 pm Doha local time.
As for the evening of the second Friday of the blessed month of Ramadan, corresponding to 24 March 2023, the brightest planet of the solar system, Venus will reach the closest point to the crescent of the blessed month of Ramadan, and they can be seen together with the naked eye towards the western horizon of the sky of Qatar from after Friday sunset until Venus setting time, and the sunset time will be at 5:48 pm, while Venus will set at 8:25 pm Doha local time.
It was also mentioned that on the evening of Tuesday, 6 of the blessed month of Ramadan, corresponding to 28 March 2023, the red planet; Mars will meet with the moon of Ramadan, as Mars will be at an angular distance of approximately 2.3 arc degrees south of the centre of the moon, and residents will be able to monitor and see Mars and the Moon together with the naked eye towards the southwestern horizon of the country’s sky from after sunset at 5:49 pm until 12 minutes before the time of Mars setting after midnight on Wednesday, Doha local time.
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