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Five Planets lining Up this week after 18 Years

This week, Earth will be able to observe a unique alignment of five planets.

For the first time since December 2004, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are aligning, in that order.

The phenomenon will be easiest to see for observers on Friday, June 24. This month, the five worlds visible to the naked eye will line up in our sky in their correct orbital order, giving sky watchers a rare opportunity to witness a “planet parade.”

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen all lined up in a row in the predawn sky on June 3. Mercury will be relatively close to the horizon, but as the month goes on, it will be simpler to see.

According to Sky & Telescope, the five planet fiesta will cover 91 degrees of our sky. In a news release, the magazine advised, “Find a spot with a clear view low toward the east to enhance your chances of capturing Mercury”. Mercury will be seen above the horizon for less than 30 minutes until it is virtually obscured by the sun’s glare.

Astronomer Michelle Thaller stated, “Planets are frequently moving farther and closer apart, but this is merely a very interesting arrangement”. The five planets last lined up in December 2004; the next alignment won’t take place until 2040.

All eight planets will never be exactly aligned due to their varied orbits and tilts. The planets line up just once every twenty years, however conjunctions of a few planets happen frequently. It’s really just a totally free, highly enjoyable tour of the solar system.

Twitter user @fenrisulven84 expressed his curiosity by tweeting, “Is it visible from all around the world? I guess it’s hard to see for is living north of the polar circle, as its daylight and sunny 24/7 now.”

Twitter user @sd_spacedoc appreciated by tweeting, “This planetary alignment in the June morning sky is a sight to behold. Captured this morning. Celestial wonders!”

Twitter user @gohexyourself shared her experience by tweeting, “We went out and looked this morning, and Mercury was visible (with binoculars) for less than 5 minutes before the horizon became too bright. The rest were easy to spot, though.”

 

 

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