5 Planets Align in Rare Astronomical Event, Here's How to View It

23 June 2022 13:38 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A rare astronomical event in 2022 will take place on June’s end when five planets in our solar system align which will comprise the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Experts from the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Space Research Center say this phenomenon can be witnessed with the naked eye though using a telescope will enrich the viewing experience. 

This event, according to the agency, will be visible from June 24. However, a proper location will be needed to be able to actually see the planets’ alignment, such as being on a high location that is not surrounded by higher objects. 

Clear skies will also be needed to witness it while the most optimum time is deemed just after dawn before the sun rises. 

Citing Live Science, from June 23 to June 25, a small crescent moon will sneak between Venus and Mars, as if standing in for Earth in the predawn planetary lineup. To get the best view of the alignment, stargazers should find a spot with a clear view of the horizon toward the east. Binoculars or a telescope are recommended.

It is reported that if you miss the alignment this year, you won't have another chance to see the five planets line up in sequential order until 2040.

After June, the planets will gradually start to go their separate ways, with Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and Venus starting to appear more spread out in the sky, according to NASA. By September, Venus and Saturn will no longer be visible to most observers in the morning hours.

RISMA DAMAYANTI

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