Five planets of the solar system, lined up like a string of pearls: the sky offers us a rare and breathtaking sight in June – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in a row.
According to Sky and Telescope magazine, an extraordinary sky spectacle has been visible since the beginning of June – and will continue throughout the month. The five planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are arranged in a row and move a little closer together every day.
June 24 offers the best view of the Planet Parade. This Friday morning, the constellation appears even more impressive thanks to a waning crescent moon between Mars and Venus, reports the internet magazine BGR.
If you want to watch the parade, you have to get up early in the morning – before the sun is too high in the sky. That’s about an hour before sunrise. Because as soon as the sun is higher, the light of its rays makes it difficult to see certain planets – like Mercury. The other celestial bodies can still be seen, but not nearly as clearly. They present themselves in order: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. From east to south.
What’s special about this June parade is that there hasn’t been anything like it seen in the night sky since 2004. Because it is very rare that five planets are in a row.
Therefore, sky watchers should seize the opportunity this month. It is currently not known when the next similar astronomical phenomenon will be observed.
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The original for this post “As if pulled by a string: Five planets lined up – when the constellation can be seen” comes from The Weather Channel.