Have you ever desired to see planets align over the sky? Tomorrow will likely be the day your dreams come true. Five planets will be moving into a rare alignment on Friday, June 24, 2022. Planets that will participate in this parade consist of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Neptune and Uranus will likely join the parade, but they will not be visible to the naked eyes.
Astronomers have predicted that these five planets will be lining up in the order listed above. Keep in mind that the last time such a large planet parade occurred was in 2004. Astronomers predicted that it may not happen again until the next 20 years.
Tomorrow’s lineup is indeed a unique astronomical event for stargazers. Unlike the alignment of three planets, which is certainly common, the alignment of five or seven planets is rare. So you should endeavor to watch this rare conjunction to feel the beauty of the universe.
How the Planets will Line Up
The planet parade will begin about 50 minutes before sunrise. Mercury which will become the last planet to rise will be at 3.7 degrees above the horizon. Venus will be the next planet on the lineup. The earth’s twin sister will take a position of 10 degrees west of Mercury.
The moon will rise at 20 degrees west of Venus. Mars will become visible at 19.5 degrees west of the Moon. Next is Jupiter, which will appear at 15.5 degrees west of Mars. The next planet is Saturn, which will peak at 42 degrees west of Jupiter.
Astronomers predicted that Saturn will rise first before Jupiter, which will be followed by Mars, Venus, and lastly Mercury. So Saturn is expected to rise first before midnight, while Mercury will rise last at about 50 minutes before sunrise in the morning.
How to Watch the Five Planets alignments from Earth
This conjunction of five planets will be visible to the naked eyes. Even though Neptune and Uranus will likely join the celestial parade, they will not be visible to the naked eyes. So you can use a telescope or binoculars to watch these five planets align, including Neptune and Uranus. The planet parade will begin about an hour before dawn tomorrow.
As soon as the alignment begins, the planets will line up from east to south. However, people living in the southern hemisphere will see the alignment from north to east. Astronomers have predicted that people living in the southern hemisphere will have a clearer view of the 24 June planet alignments.
So you should start your observation one hour before dawn on Friday morning to get the best view of the planetary alignment. The alignment of these five planets will appear in the order of their unique distances from the sun. Once these planets rise, they will gradually climb higher.
So you must be prepared to get the best shot before the astronomical event ends. During the astronomical event, the moon will be shining directly between Venus and Mars. However, it will slightly maintain a position that is out of alignment with the planet.
But the moon will surely add a unique beauty to the celestial show. If you don’t have a telescope or binoculars, you can easily spot the five visible planets with your naked eyes. However, you need a great telescopic device to get a clearer view of the parade. You can also watch the large planet parade using your mobile device. Best Mobile apps to use for the observation include Sky Tonight, Star Walk, and many others.
As five-planet alignment falls under a large planet parade, you should endeavor to watch these rare planets line up and catch the best feeling of the universe. We hope to see your observation after the astronomical event. I’m wishing you the best view of this planet Parade.