Watch a rare peak alignment of 5 planets in the sky this weekend

Watch a rare peak alignment of 5 planets in the sky this weekend
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The rare alignment of five planets will reach its peak on June 24, which will allow an incredible observation of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as they line up.

The event began in early June and continued to become brighter and easier to see as the month progressed, according to Diana Hanikainen, supervisory editor of Sky & Telescope.

A waning crescent will join the party between Venus and Mars on Friday, adding another celestial object to the lineup. The moon will represent the Earth’s relative position in alignment, which means that this is where our planet will appear in the planetary order.

This rare phenomenon has not happened since December 2004, and this year the distance between Mercury and Saturn will be less, according to Sky & Telescope.

The astronomers will have to have a clear view of the eastern horizon to notice the amazing phenomenon, Hanikainen said. People can watch the planetary show with the naked eye, but binoculars are recommended for an optimal viewing experience, she added.

The best time to explore the five planets is one hour before sunrise, she said. The night before you plan to see the alignment, check when the sun rises in your area.

Some star lovers are especially excited about the celestial event, including Hanikainen. She flew from her home west of Boston to a coastal city on the Atlantic Ocean to provide optimal views of the route.

“I will be there with my binoculars, looking east and southeast and crossing my fingers and toes, it will be clear,” Hanikainen said.

You don’t have to travel to see the action, because it will be visible to people all over the world.

Star gauges in the northern hemisphere can see the planets from the eastern to the southeastern horizon, while those in the southern hemisphere must look along the eastern to the northeastern horizon. The only requirement is a clear sky in the direction of alignment.

By the next day, the moon will continue its orbit around the Earth, displacing it from leveling with the planets, she said.

If you miss the arrangement of five planets in succession, the next thing will happen in 2040, according to Sky & Telescope.

There will be seven more full moons in 2022, according to The old farmer’s almanac:

  • June 14: Berry Moon
  • July 13: Buck Moon
  • August 11: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 10: Harvest moon
  • October 9: Hunters’ Moon
  • November 8: Beaver Moon
  • December 7: Cold moon

These are the popular names associated with the lunar full moon, but the meaning of each can vary in different Indian tribes.

There will be another total lunar eclipse and a partial solar eclipse in 2022, according to The almanac of the old farmer.

Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun, but blocks only part of its light. Be sure to wear suitable sunglasses to safely watch solar eclipses, as sunlight can be harmful to the eye.

A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to residents of Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Northeast Africa, the Middle East, West Asia, India and West China. None of the partial solar eclipses will be visible from North America.

A total lunar eclipse will also be shown for those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 3:01 am ET and 8:58 am ET – but the moon will set for those in the eastern regions of the North America.

See the other 11 showers that will peak in 2022:

  • Aquariums in the southern delta: from 29 to 30 July
  • Alpha Capricorns: July 30-31
  • Perseids: August 11-12
  • Orions: October 20-21
  • Southern Taurides: from 4 to 5 November
  • Northern Taurides: November 11-12
  • Leonids: November 17-18
  • Geminids: December 13-14
  • Ursidi: December 21-22

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that is not lit by city lights to get the best view.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes – without looking at your phone or other electronics – to adjust to the darkness so that the meteors are easier to spot.

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