(ORDO NEWS) — Skywatchers have something special to look forward to at the end of June as all five planets we can see with the naked eye – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – line up in the sky.
Not only that, but they will appear in order of their distance from the Sun, from left to right, as you scan the horizon: this means you start from Mercury (58 million kilometers on average). or 36 million miles from the Sun) and ending with Saturn (on average 1.4 billion kilometers or 886 million miles from the Sun).
This celestial show, not to be missed, will be visible from the east. horizon just before sunrise and obscuration of the view. In the Northern Hemisphere, look east and south; in the Southern Hemisphere, look east and north.
Although the location should be visible throughout June, note that on the morning of June 3rd and 4th, the distance between Mercury and Saturn will be the smallest: only 91 degrees.
Another date to keep in mind is June 27th. This will increase the distance to 107 degrees, and a waning crescent moon should appear between Venus and Mars. (you can even consider it a replacement for the Earth).
Mercury will also be clearly visible on June 27, making it easier for you to spot it before moving to the right of the horizon. This morning the planetary show should be visible for about an hour.
These dates are most relevant for the US – these events and planetary visibility may vary by date depending on where you are. are in the world. However, everyone should have enough opportunities to see the five planets, even if there are several cloudy days during the month.
The opportunity to see planets together like this is called a conjunction, and conjunctions involving five planets are quite rare – the last one was in December 2004, so we recommend taking the opportunity to see it.
On certain days, you can even see Uranus and Neptune too, astronomers say. However, you will need binoculars and a telescope to locate these dots, as here on Earth these planets cannot be seen with the naked eye.
This has been in development for a long time: You may remember that Saturn, Mars, Venus and Jupiter lined up in the sky during June. Of course, this is just a perspective trick, but these views are amazing to watch.
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