The Moon is indeed a very special cosmic object. Besides being our faithful companion at night, the Moon sure knows how to delight our views in many other ways. One of those ways is by going in its “waxing state” and teaming up with Jupiter and Saturn on the night sky. The two gas giants are big enough to be visible to the naked eye.
Yahoo News tells us that the Waxing Moon will be accompanied by Saturn and Jupiter in the night sky, and you can catch them on Thursday and Friday. Hopefully, you’ll aim your eyes towards the heavens from a place where the skies are clear.
The Moon joined by the largest planets in the Solar System
Two bright points will be visible on the night sky in the same line as the Moon. Those points are none other than the two biggest planets from our Solar System: Jupiter and Saturn. We should all consider ourselves extremely lucky to have these two behemoths present in our Solar System. Jupiter also has the function of attracting most of the asteroids that come close enough and would pose a threat to Earth. This happens due to the enormous gravity of the gas giant.
The NewScientist publication speaks about the role Saturn has to maintain a friendly environment for life on Earth:
Earth’s comfortable temperatures may be thanks to Saturn’s good behaviour. If the ringed giant’s orbit had been slightly different, Earth’s orbit could have been wildly elongated, like that of a long-period comet.
It’s amazing how other planets from the Solar System help Earth maintain its current state and environment. The entire Solar System seems to have been built to benefit the Earth in one way or another.