On June 24, you can see the most spectacular parade of planets. The five planets of the solar system — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — line up in one row in the sky. Two more planets — Neptune and Uranus — cannot be seen with the naked eye succeed.
The last full alignment of the planets was in 1982 — it was attended by Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and even Pluto, which was then considered a full-fledged planet. And in 2002, the inhabitants of the Earth could observe a parade of four planets.
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What is a parade of planets?
A parade of planets — an astronomical event when the planets of the solar system are on one side of the Sun and line up in a small sector of the sky.
How to see the parade of planets?
All Russians will be able to see the parade of planets, regardless of where they are in the country.
Eight planets will line up in the sky along a straight line with a viewing angle of 105 degrees. Jupiter and Mars will be at a distance of 12 degrees from each other, Mercury and Venus — at a distance of 10 degrees from each other.
With the naked eye or binoculars you can see Mercury, Venus, Mars , Jupiter and Saturn. In the presence of optics, Neptune and Uranus will also be visible.
When is the best time to watch the parade of planets?
It is recommended to watch the parade of planets at dawn, around four in the morning. It will be visible in the predawn sky for most of June, but Mercury will join the “planetary series” only in the second half of the month.
It is best to observe a number of planets on the outskirts of the city or outside the city. All the inhabitants of the Earth will be able to see the astronomical phenomenon, however, the inhabitants of the Southern Hemisphere will have the advantage — for them, celestial bodies will rise above the horizon earlier and will be located much higher.
At the latitude of Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Yekaterinburg , Omsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk, you need to observe around 2:30 in the morning, Mercury will already disappear against the background of the morning dawn. To the south, the parade will be fully visible from 3:00 to 3:30 am.
When will the next parade of planets take place?
The next parade of planets will occur only in 2161.
< p>Source: planetarium-moscow.ru
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