In a rare event, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon can be seen aligned this Friday (24). To appreciate the phenomenon it is not necessary to use a telescope, although it can be difficult to identify all the stars, experts warned.
According to information from AccuWheather, the best time to view the alignment is between 45 and 60 minutes before sunrise.
The position of the five planets remains until the end of June, although the presence of the crescent Moon, between Venus and Mars, happens only this morning.
According to the weather portal, the last time the five planets were visible in the night sky at the same time was 18 years ago, in 2004. This time, if you lose alignment, the phenomenon will occur again in 2040, according to Sky & Telescope.
By the position of the stars, it will be easier to find Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – which will be higher in the sky. The hardest will be Mercury, which is closer to the Sun and will be lower on the horizon. The expert tip is to use the glow of Venus, the planet next to you, to locate it.
Some photographers, such as Alexander Krivenyshev, have already recorded the alignment, which has been taking place since the beginning of this month. The EarthSky portal published, on Twitter, the registration of Krivenyshev, made on June 10.
Alexander Krivenyshev in Manhattan, New York, captured this panorama on June 10, 2022 and wrote: “5 planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn align at dawn over NYC but good luck getting them into a single shot (image). ” Thank you, Alexander! pic.twitter.com/X1f4yAfj2w
— EarthSky (@earthskyscience) June 11, 2022
Source: CNN Brasil