Planets to align like they did 158 years ago, is a rare celestial treat

Planets to align like they did 158 years ago, is a rare celestial treat ...

All skygazers will be given a special celestial arrangement during the month of June. Upon arrival, one will be able to see five planets in the sky not just on a single day, but throughout the month, according to Sky and Telescope.

This is an optical illusion that we observe when the two planets are literally millions of miles away from each other in April this year. While conjunctions typically occur with two or three planets, a five planet-alignment is quite rare.

When did five planets last line up in the sky?

According to, the last time the planets lined up in the sky like this was March 5, 1864. This makes it quite rare that an entire human generation passed without seeing it. The best part about this alignment is that you do not have to do anything to detect the planets apart from awakening before the sunrise.

These will not only be visible to the naked eye, but they will also appear in the order of the Sun viz., Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. In the event you miss them one day due to bad weather, there is always the next day''s morning to see them.

How will the planets remain visible throughout the month?

While the planets will appear to be in the same spot in the sky throughout the month, they are actually moving away from their locations even more slowly. At the beginning of the month, the span between Mercury and Saturn will be 91 degrees lower than what was previously observed. These changes are largely minor to be observed, and the planets will appear roughly at their same spots.

If you want to see the difference, you may also spot the alignment at various times in the month, with a special focus on Mercury. At the beginning of the month, the innermost planet of the solar system will be quite difficult to detect, but will shine brighter and higher up in the skies in the last weeks.

The celestial bonus

The moon will play a role in this alignment as it ties between Venus and Mars, forming a proxy for the Earth. This is a one-day bonus that you can catch on Friday, June 24, which will now feature the five planets and the moon in a line. In the event, the sun will fade all of them, but June 25 will offer the same alignment, with the moon in a slightly different position.

Where to look?

People living in the Northern Hemisphere will need to spot Mercury in the east and move their gaze southward to spot other planets. According to Science Alert, readers in the Southern Hemisphere need to look east for Mercury and then head northward to see the alignment.

The planets will be visible to the naked eye, but you should bring a pair of binoculars to get a better look. Those who want to catch Uranus and Neptune will need to get their hands on a decent telescope.

If you are not so keen on the solar system''s last two planets, then you should wake up before sunrise for a few days this month and enjoy the views of the solar system.

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