In June, Five Planets Line Up In The Sky. Here’s How You Can See It


Five planets are in rare alignment and will be visible from Earth next week. For the first time since December 2004, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Jupiter are aligned in this order. Stargazers will be able to see the phenomenon best on Friday, June 24.

It is not uncommon to see a combination of three or more planets near one another, but it is quite rare to see five, according to Sky & Telescope.

The five “naked eye” planets could be seen beginning June 3 and 4; the lineup was visible with binoculars, but only for about 30 seconds before Mercury disappeared in the sun’s glare.

On June 24, however, a viewing will be at its best. Even though the distance between Saturn and Mercury is increasing, it’s becoming easier to spot Mercury. It’s also getting easier to see all five of them, Diana Hannikainen (observing editor at Sky & Telescope)

Hannikainen stated that the sky would be beautiful on the morning 24th because the waning crescent Moon would join the procession between Venus and Mars.

On the days preceding this, the planets should be visible. Sky & Telescope recommends that you see the lineup on June 24, 45 minutes before sunrise. It should be visible on the eastern horizon.

NASA reports that four naked-eye planets have been aligned in the area for the last few months. However, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will begin to spread over the next few weeks. As a result, most observers will not be able to see Saturn and Venus until September.

The M13 globular cluster of star clusters, a densely packed collection of stars in a sphere, will be another astronomical phenomenon visible in June. NASA claims that the M13, also known as the Hercules Cluster contains thousands of stars and is approximately 12 billion years old.

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