PLANETS in the solar system are often millions of miles away, but sometimes they align just right and are visible to the naked eye.
For the first time since 2004, experts say that this will occur, but it won’t happen again until 2040.
What is the planet parade 2022?
The planet parade is known as a rare event where five planets are visible from Earth.
Those planets include Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
Astronomy experts say they will align with the June crescent moon, with the best viewing opportunity expected to be on Friday, June 24, 2022.
When is the best time to see the planets?
The best thing about the planet parade is that you don’t need binoculars or telescopes to view the alignment, but if you have them, they could enhance the viewing experience.
Chris Bakley, an astronomy expert and photographer, told NJ.com that the best time to see the planets would be one hour before dawn.
“Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus will be the brightest and will stand out clearly amongst the stars,” he said.
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“They will be vibrant and very bright! Mars will be to the left of Jupiter and Mercury will be to the left of Venus. Use these planets to find the others. Once you do, your eyes will be adjusted and you will be able to see the entire alignment.
“They will form a nearly perfect arc from the East to the South. On the morning of the 24th, the moon will join the alignment and be perfectly positioned between Mars and Venus.”
He went on to add that June 24 will be the best day because the moon will be in its waning crescent phase.
“The moon will also join the alignment and will be perfectly placed between Mars and Venus. This is the morning to shoot for! The next time this planet parade will occur won’t be til 2040, so fingers crossed for clear skies and cooperating weather.”
Bakley also notes that it’s better the view this event from your backyard and not an eastern horizon because Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn will all be high in the sky.
Source: The Sun