On June 3, a particularly rare and beautiful conjunction visible to the naked eye can be observed in the night sky, and during it The full moon will approach bright red Scorpius, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpio.
In its announcement, Svábhegyi Csillagwiszlagó wrote: Antares is one of the brightest and most beautiful stars in the summer sky, and is the brightest member of the constellation Scorpius. A massive red giant star in size, approximately 700 times the diameter of the Sun and 12 times larger.
On June 3, the full moon and Antares will edge very close in the night sky. The diameter of the moon is 30 arcminutes, while the distance around midnight will only be 19 arcminutes, which is very rare. Although the two celestial bodies will appear close to each other to the naked eye, the star is actually 13 billion times farther from Earth than the Moon is.
According to the statement, the interplay of colors will also be impressive: the sharp contrast between the bluish, white, silvery glow of the moon and the deep, pungent red color creates an interesting visual interaction.
The pair will be visible almost all night, appearing over the southeastern horizon shortly after sunset and disappearing into the southwest sky around 4:30 AM.
On this occasion, the Svábhegy Observatory offers interactive programs and many telescopes to visitors, who will be able to examine the spectrum of the star Scorpio as well as the radial craters of the full moon, as well as admire the red disk of the rising moon.
In addition to observing the amazing gathering, the organizers are setting up a number of interactive family programmes. On the occasion of Teacher’s Day on Friday, teachers coming to the event can visit the event for free.