KOMPAS.com- While waiting for the bond of love soap operas to begin, for you fans of the soap opera character Ikatan Cinta, Aldebaran, try to watch it for a moment first celestial phenomenon in the form of a conjunction Month, Mars and Aldebaran who will be present this afternoon.
Researcher from the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space Science Center (Lapan), Andi Pangerang said that today, March 19, 2021 conjunction triple between these three celestial bodies will occur.
Celestial phenomenon This you can see right from the end of the nautical twilight which is 42 minutes after sunset.
Try to look for apparitions conjunctions of the Moon, Mars and Aldebaran from the northwest with a Moon height of 45 degrees and a separation angle of 3.97 degrees.
“The moon is also in conjunction with Aldebaran with a separation angle of 7.04 degrees, thus forming a triangular conjunction between the Moon, Mars and Aldebaran,” he explained.
He also mentioned that the last appearance of this triple conjunction occurred in the west-northwest direction at 22:20 local time with the Moon-Mars separation angle of 3.00 degrees and the Moon-Pleiades separation angle of 6.18 degrees.
“20 minutes later, the three celestial bodies were already under the horizon,” he said.
Meanwhile, the peak of the conjunction of the Moon and Mars will occur on March 20 at 02.18 WIB with a separation angle of 1.94 degrees. Moon and Mars will be with Aldebaran to decorate the night sky.
What is Aldebaran?
Researcher from the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space Science Center (Lapan), Andi Pangerang said that the name Aldebaran came from Arabic. al-Dabaran.
Al-Dabaran means “the scout or follower” referring to the appearance of the stars that follow the Pleiades Cluster (Messier 45).
The visual brightness varies between +0.75 to +0.95 with an average brightness of +0.86.
According to Andi, in his written statement on the science education page Lapan, Aldebaran was grouped into the K5lll spectrum class, which indicates that this star is a red giant star.
Aldebaran is 65 light years from the Sun with a size of 44 times the Sun. However, it is 16 percent greater in mass than the sun.
Aldebaran is located north of the celestial equator with coordinates (Asensiorekta, Declination) 04 hours 35 minutes 55.24 seconds and +16 degrees 30 ‘33.49 “. This evening, don’t miss, triple conjunction of the Moon, Mars and Aldebaran.