The Qatar Calendar House announced that Mercury will meet with the red planet Mars in the sky of the State of Qatar. The event will happen on the evening of Thursday, August 19, 2021.
Dr Bashir Marzouk (the expert of astronomy at the Qatari Calendar House) mentioned that the residents of the State of Qatar will be able to see and monitor the planets together above the western horizon. People can see the planets together with naked eyes or using any astronomical devices after sunset on Thursday at 6:06 pm Doha time The local time.
The importance of this astronomical phenomenon lies in the fact that it is a good opportunity to see, monitor and photograph the two planets together at the nearest point in the sky. Celestial bodies can be observed and seen every night in the sky.
Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system and the closest to the sun, as it completes a revolution around the sun approximately every 88 days. Mercury’s orbit around the sun lies within the Earth’s.
It is worth noting that Mars is the fourth farthest planet from the sun and completes a full revolution around the sun (the length of the year on Mars) in approximately 687 days. The planet has two moons revolving around it, Phobos and Deimos.