Planetary Alignment 2022: 5 planets line up in order in the night sky in the month of June

Don’t forget to look up this month to see the start of a rare alignment of five planets gracing the night sky.

As of Friday, the five planets of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have lined up in planetary order.

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

Astronomers will need to have their binoculars handy, as well as a clear view of the eastern horizon, to locate Mercury near the beginning of the month, the space magazine said. As June progresses, Mercury will become brighter and easier to see, according to Diana Hannikinen, observation editor at Sky & Telescope.

The rest of the planets should be consistently visible to the naked eye, he added.

The best time to see the five planets is 30 minutes before sunrise, she said. The night before the alignment viewing plan, check when the sun will rise in your area.

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Some stargazers are especially excited about the celestial event, including Hannikinen. She flew from her home west of Boston to a seaside town along the Atlantic Ocean to ensure an ideal view of the alignment.

“I’ll be outside with my binoculars, looking east and southeast and crossing all my fingers and toes to make it clear,” Hannikinen said.

You don’t have to travel to catch a glimpse of the action as it will be visible to people all over the world.

Stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere can see planets from the eastern horizon to the southeast, while those in the Southern Hemisphere should look along the eastern horizon to the northeast. The only requirement is a clear sky in the direction of the alignment.

If you wake up and the weather blocks out the sky, don’t worry, Hannikinen said.

“Just keep looking throughout the month of June and as soon as you have a clear morning, go out and enjoy this view,” she said.

The moon joins the party

In addition to the five planets, the waning crescent moon will also align between Venus and Mars on June 24.

Unlike in previous days, this special celestial alignment can be seen an hour before sunrise, Hannikinen said.

By the next day, the moon will have continued its orbit around Earth, moving it out of alignment with the planets, she said.

If you miss the alignment of the five planets in sequential order, the next one will happen in 2040, according to Sky & Telescope.

There will be seven more full moons in 2022, according to The Old Farmers’ Almanac:

  • June 14: Strawberry Moon
  • July 13: Buck Moon
  • August 11: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 10: full moon
  • October 9: Hunter’s Moon
  • November 8: Beaver Moon
  • December 7: Cold moon

These are the popularized names associated with monthly full moons, but the meaning of each may vary among Native American tribes.

Lunar and solar eclipses

There will be one more total lunar eclipse and one more partial solar eclipse in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun, but only blocks part of its light. Make sure you wear proper eclipse glasses to safely view solar eclipses, as sunlight can be harmful to your eyes.

A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to those in 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 on display for those in Asia, Australia, Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 3:01 am ET and 8:58 am ET – but the moon will be setting for those in eastern regions of North America. .

meteor showers

Check out the remaining 11 rains that will peak in 2022:

  • Southern Delta Aquariums: July 29-30
  • Alpha Capricornids: July 30th to 31st
  • Perseids: August 11th to 12th
  • Orionids: October 20th to 21st
  • Southern Taurids: November 4th to 5th
  • Northern Taurids: November 11th to 12th
  • Leonidas: November 17th to 18th
  • Geminis: December 13th to 14th
  • Ursids: December 21st to December 22nd

If you live in an urban area, you can drive to a place that isn’t cluttered with 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 up. And give your eyes about 20-30 minutes – without looking at your phone or other electronics – to adjust to the darkness so meteors are easier to spot.

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