Photo : pixabay.comFor the first time in 18 years: the world will be able to see the parade of five planets
With binoculars or a telescope, you can also see Uranus between Venus and the Moon. Over the next few months, the planets will spread out and the line will diverge.
Astronomers have announced a rare alignment of five planets, blinding the night sky. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align sequentially for the first time in 18 years. It will happen on June 24 at 4:10 am, writes Science Focus. It is noted that the last time the planets aligned in this way was in 2004, and it won't happen again until 2040.
One of the best things about this planetary alignment – brightness. With a clear sky, it should be visible even from large and small cities. For viewing, position yourself on an unobstructed view of the eastern and southern horizons.”The waning crescent moon will join the party from June 23rd to 25th and will mark Earth's relative position between Venus and Mars. From June 26, the Moon will begin to move closer to the horizon, moving backward in planetary order, first past Venus and then Mercury, before slipping below the horizon to the left of the planets.
Saturn will be the first of the planets to appear, rising above the horizon shortly before midnight. Saturn's rings contribute to its brightness (and therefore our ability to see it with the naked eye), and like much in astronomy, the appearance of Saturn's rings is cyclical. As seen from Earth, the planet is gradually becoming more and more edge-on, and by 2025 it will be fully edge-on.
Jupiter will be next to rise. It will shine brightly, more than twice as bright as Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, and will be in the constellation of Pisces.
Mars will then rise and join Jupiter in the constellation of Pisces.
Venus will be the penultimate of the planets, becoming the brightest member of the line. It will be in the constellation Taurus.
Mercury – the fifth and final planet will join Venus in Taurus and remain close to the horizon until the 4:43 am sunrise wipes all the planets out of the sky.