SPACE GURU has given you the best tips for attending next week’s Parade of Very Rare Planets from around the world.
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus line up before sunrise on June 24.
All five faithful members of the solar system can be seen with the naked eye, making for an excellent celestial spectacle for amateur astronomical observers.
The quintet has not appeared on the same line on the horizon since December 2004.
The other two, Uranus and Neptune, are too dim to see with the naked eye, but can be seen with binoculars or a telescope.
In an interview with The Sun, amateur astronomer and science journalist Kevin Walsh reveals where to look for rare alignments.
He said, “If you look at Jeong-dong 45 minutes before sunrise on June 24, you can see this phenomenon.
“It’s around 3.30am in the North East of England and around 4.00am in the South West.
Mercury will appear near the horizon around the northeast and will be visible for about 30-40 minutes before twilight sets in. Saturn will appear in the southeastern sky.
Walsh has a lot of experience observing the sky and is one of the minds behind Planets.org, an educational website for school children and backyard astronomers.
He said that the alignment of all the planets (the rods of the Earth) is very rare.
The next time the five naked planets will align is expected to be September 2040.
At the beginning of June 24, Uranus will shine 6 degrees east of the moon in Aries with a magnitude of 5.9.
Neptune is located 11.5 degrees west of Jupiter and 7.8 degrees west of Pisces.
Planet lines stretch across the night sky making photography difficult.
But if you try to wake up early enough to see it, it will give you a great view.
Walsh asked astronomers to choose a high vantage point and wrap up warmly for the best experience.
“The best point for most people is to be able to see the eastern horizon to see the rise of Mercury,” he said.
“If possible, try to get out of the city center where tall buildings and streetlights obstruct your view of the stars, and even going to a local park or playground will give you a better location.”
“It’s summer, but it can be cold at three in the morning, so dress well.”
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