Venus, Aldebaran to Be Seen over Qatar Sky

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Peninsula -- According to astronomical calculations, Qatar residents will be able to see a very important astronomical phenomenon, where planet Venus will come close to Aldebaran star over dawn sky on Friday, July 14, 2017.


Residents will not require astronomical telescopes to see Venus and Aldebaran together. Just look over eastern horizon of Doha sky to see them together.


“They can see Venus at nearest point with Aldebaran star over Doha sky at 2:10 am until sunrise at 4:52 am,” Qatar Calendar House expert Dr Beshir Marzouk said.


This astronomical phenomenon is important to validate astronomical calculations and calculate the planet and star orbits and its motions.


Aldebaran is an aging huge star with a size of approximately fifty solar diameters. That means Aldebaran is approximately 50 times larger than the sun.


Astronomers call Venus a morning and evening star, where its first luminary can see after sunset when it is over western horizon and its last luminary can see before sunrise when it over eastern horizon.


“On the other side, on Thursday, July 20, 2017 the moon will hide Aldebaran star over eastern horizon of Doha sky at around 2:00 am. Qatar residents can see the occultation phenomenon on down sky until sunrise time,” Marzouk added.