The unusual alignment of five planets that can be observed at the end of March

The unusual alignment of five planets that can be observed at the end of March

Illustration of the solar system and planets.

Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Uranus will be visible from Earth simultaneously. However, some of them must be seen with binoculars or telescopes, in clear skies and without pollution.

In an unusual astronomical event, five planets in our solar systemJupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Martemay be visible simultaneously from Earth during the nights of March 25 to 30, according to the Star Walk educational astronomy platform.

Although the planets will not form a straight line towards the Sun as one might think, these celestial bodies, like the Moon, can be seen in an arc shortly after sunset.

The best day to observe the large planetary alignment (between 5 or 6 planets) will be during the night of March 28, although not all of them can be seen with the naked eye.

Visible with or without a telescope?

Planets like Venus, the brightest of these celestial bodies, Mars, with its recognizable orange hue, or Jupiter, the largest in the solar system, will be easily visible, according to specialists.

«Venus and Jupiter they are very bright and easy to make out and you may have already seen them together for the last few weeks,” Beth Biller, an astrophysicist at the University of Edinburgh, told the Daily Mail.

However, the planets Uranus and Mercury are most likely only observable with binoculars or telescopes, with clear skies, a flat horizon, no obstructions like trees or buildings, and with as little light pollution as possible.

Mercury is more complicated. You must be in a dark place with a clear view of the horizon if you want to see it. Uranus is the weakest and the hardest to see; you will need binoculars or a telescope to observe it,” he added.

New planetary alignments soon

Although it is not unusual to see two or three planets of the solar system in the sky, an alignment of five of these astronomical bodies together is a phenomenon that does not occur very often.

However, a similar event will be repeated on June 17, when Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Saturn They will be observable from Earth.

Experts recommend downloading mobile astronomy apps like Sky Tonight or SkySafari, which show where each planet can be found in the starry sky.

Edited by José Ignacio Urrejola


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