This week, stargazers may want to look to the night sky as the celestial bodies form stars. On rare occasions, the five planets will be in sequence with the moon in the predawn sky. Planets such as Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be arranged in the order of their approach to the Sun in a breathtaking parade. While it may not be surprising to find two or three bright planets in the sky, the formation of five planets is extremely rare. This alignment has never occurred in the past 158 years after it happened on March 5, 1864.
Even more exciting, the event will also see the moon appear in the lineup, according to Space.com. It will join the planetary array from June 23 to June 25.
The five planets were already aligned in June, but will now become more pronounced towards the end of the month. They will appear in the sky, forming an arc extending from east-northeast to due south.
The planets will appear in the order they revolve around the sun. This means that when looking at the formations from the east-northeast, Mercury is found first, followed by Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
In a spectacular lineup, Saturn will be the first to be visible and will appear around midnight. It is still observable in the hours before dawn when Jupiter and Mars appear. Venus is likely to appear at dawn, and 30 to 40 minutes later, Mercury will also appear.
The Moon will enter the space between Mars and Venus between June 23 and June 25 after passing near the planets over the past few days. Its presence also helps determine Earth’s place in the lineup.
For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Advertisement Shout Twitter, Facebook and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and technology, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Lace honeycomb structure found on Mars; water, ice and carbon dioxide said to be responsible