This is a very rare event in our solar system and it only happens about once every two decades
mercury, venus, MarsJupiter and Saturn will align in the night heaven for the first time in almost 20 years.
It’s an exciting time for stargazers and astrologers, as June has already brought us that Summer solstice and the Strawberry Super Moonand now there will be a rare planetary alignment.
So when will the planets align, what order will the planets be in and can you see them from the UK?
Here’s everything you need to know.
When do the planets align?
The naked-eye planets were visible in the morning sky throughout June alongside the constellation Lyra and star cluster Hercules in the constellation Hercules NASA.
People have been advised to look up from Sunday, June 19th to see Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and in June there will be a planetary procession of increasing distance.
The crescent moon also jumped into the lineup on Thursday morning, June 23rd.
Beginning June 26, the Moon will begin to creep closer to the horizon and appear to move backwards through the planetary lineup, first past Venus and then Mercury before slipping below the horizon to the left of the planets.
The close conjunctions will resolve over the next few months as the planets move further apart.
That means Venus and Saturn will emerge as morning objects for most observers by September.
In what order will the planets align?
The planets will appear in the same order as they are in their orbits around the sun.
From the east-northeast horizon to the right you can see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with the unaided eye.
Will I be able to see the planets align in the UK?
One of the best things about this planetary alignment is the brightness.
On a clear day this means it should even be visible from towns and cities across the UK.
For the best possible view of the planets, you need an unobstructed view of the eastern and southern horizons.
If you have good binoculars or a telescope you might also be able to see Uranus between Venus and the Moon, although it is difficult to see.
However, conditions must be near pristine to see Uranus.
What is the best time to see planetary alignment?
Don’t worry, you haven’t missed the best time to see the planets.
The best time to observe the alignment of the planets is between 3:39 am and sunrise at 4:43 am on Friday, June 24th.
Saturn will be the first of the planets to appear, rising above the horizon just before midnight.
Saturn’s rings contribute to its brightness and therefore our ability to see it with the naked eye.
Jupiter will next rise at around 1:07 in the early morning of June 24th.
Next, Mars will rise at around 1:37 AM, and you can recognize it by its distinctive orange-yellow hue.
Venus will be the penultimate of the planets, rising at 3:03 am, becoming the brightest member of the lineup.
Mercury will be the fifth and final planet to join the alignment that begins peeking over the horizon at 3:39 p.m.
When was the last time the planets aligned like this?
Planetary alignments of this nature are quite rare.
Due to the alignment and inclination of their orbits, the eight major planets of the solar system can never be perfectly aligned.
The last time they appeared in even the same part of the sky was over 1,000 years ago, in AD 949, and they won’t make it again until May 6, 2492.
The last similar alignment of the planets as in June 2022 was in December 2004, so it has been almost 18 years since this was observed.
When will the planets next align like this?
The next time the planets align in a similar way, after June 2022, will be in 2040.
That’s another 18 years from now, so it’s worth taking a look at this incredible planetary alignment now if you can.
What does the planetary alignment mean to me?
Psychic Nicolas Aujula claims that the alignment of Mars and Jupiter will be extremely strong over the next few days as they are both in Aries and will “fight for power.”
He told NationalWorld that now is a good time for new beginnings.
Nicolas said: “Any new idea that people have or things that are brewing beneath the surface – now’s a really good time to implement it. When Mars and Jupiter come together, they can really make a difference.
“The internship gives us a lot of energy, enthusiasm and people can find that their self-confidence is much higher when initiating.”
However, he warned that people may be more prone to accidents and could quarrel with people due to a lack of patience.
Nicolas said that Mars is the “planet of anger,” so it’s important to be mindful when speaking to others and to guard against being bullied and cornered.
He added that this could also be a good time to learn a new skill.
“People may also want to learn because Jupiter is related to learning and higher education. This is a great time to even read a book to improve career prospects.”
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