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Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will line up in rare sight in the night sky tomorrow

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Look up tomorrow! FIVE planets will align in the dawn sky – giving amateur astronomers the rare chance to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn

  • Five planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align in the morning sky
  • They will line up in order of their distance from the sun and be visible to the naked eye
  • The first time five of them can be viewed from the UK in this way since December 2004
  • ‘Planet Parade’ starts tomorrow and continues as the month of June progresses

Early birds get a rare treat starting tomorrow when five planets align in a special way for the first time in 18 years.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will line up in order of their distance from the sun as seen from the Northern Hemisphere, and can all be seen simultaneously in the sky before sunrise.

It’s not uncommon to see two or three planets close together, but this is the first time since December 2004 that five of them can be viewed from Britain in this particular alignment.

The ‘planet parade’ will make Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn visible to the naked eye in the southeastern sky before dawn.

Spectacular show: Early birds get a rare treat starting tomorrow when, for the first time in 18 years, five planets visible to the naked eye align in a special way. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be arranged in order of their distance from the sun (shown in the image above)

WHEN WILL THE FIVE PLANETS APPEAR ABOVE THE HORIZON?

Mercury will be faintest and quite close to the horizon when the show starts tomorrow (June 3), before fading into the glow of sunrise, but it will be easier to see as the month goes on.

The planets rise above the horizon at the following times:

Saturn: 01:30 BST

Mars: 02:45 BST

Jupiter: 02:45 BST

Venus: 04:00 BST

Mercury: 04:30 BST

Mercury will be faintest and quite close to the horizon when the show starts tomorrow (June 3), before fading into the glow of sunrise, but it will be easier to see as the month goes on.

dr. Greg Brown, the public astronomy officer at the Royal Museums Greenwich, said of all the planets it’s easiest to glimpse Venus and Jupiter.

Venus will appear above the horizon from about 04:00 BST and Mars and Jupiter around 02:45 BST.

Saturn, rising above the horizon from about 01:30 BST, will be hard to see at dusk along with Mars, while Mercury will be the hardest to see as it doesn’t rise until around 04:30 BST and stays close to the horizon .

“Your only chance to see all five planets at once is during a very narrow window after Mercury has risen, but before the sun has risen,” Brown said. told the Guardian

‘Binoculars or a telescope may be sufficient to overcome the twilight in the case of the fainter planets, but be very careful if you try to observe Mercury in this way in particular.

“Make sure the sun is below the horizon to avoid accidentally looking straight into it, which would be very dangerous for your eyes.”

The five worlds will shine in a row because they all travel on the plane of the solar system, known as the ecliptic.

One of the best days to try and see the alignment is June 24, when a crescent moon will be visible between Venus and Mars (pictured in the image above)

One of the best days to try and see the alignment is June 24, when a crescent moon will be visible between Venus and Mars (pictured in the image above)

However, they won’t be as close as they seem, because each planet is millions of miles away from the others.

As June progresses, Jupiter will separate from Mars and Saturn will move even further along the arc.

One of the best days to try and see the alignment is June 24, when a crescent moon will be visible between Venus and Mars

It will act as a stand-in for Earth in the view of the first five planets from the Sun.

Professor Beth Biller, personal chair of exoplanet characterization at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Astronomy, told MailOnline: “This is a great early bird opportunity to see all five planets with the naked eye at once – usually they are divided.” between early morning and evening sky.’

dr. Samantha Rolfe, the chief engineering officer at the University of Hertfordshire observatory, suggested using the Stellarium app to find Mercury in the morning sky.

Amateur astronomers don’t need to use binoculars or telescopes if they don’t have them, she said, before adding: “Check the weather forecast for clear or even partially clear skies and set an alarm — it’s worth getting up.” in front of .’

DOES PLANETARY ALIGNMENT HAVE ANY EFFECT ON EARTH?

The planets in our solar system are never in one perfectly straight line as they show in the movies.

If you look at a two-dimensional chart of the planets and their orbits on a piece of paper, you might believe that all planets will eventually orbit around the same line.

In reality, the planets do not all rotate perfectly in the same plane. Instead, they meander around in different orbits in three-dimensional space. For this reason, they will never be perfectly matched.

Planetary alignment depends on your point of view. If three planets are in the same celestial region from the Earth’s point of view, they are not necessarily in the same celestial region from the Sun’s point of view.

Alignment is therefore an artifact of a point of view and not something fundamental about the planets themselves.

Even if the planets were all aligned in a perfectly straight line, it would have negligible effects on Earth.

Fictional and pseudoscientific authors like to argue that a planetary alignment would mean that all the planets’ gravitational fields add up to create something huge that interferes with life on Earth.

In reality, the gravitational pull of the planets on Earth is so weak that they have no significant effect on life on Earth.

There are only two objects in the solar system with enough gravity to significantly affect Earth: the moon and the sun.

The sun’s gravity is strong because the sun is so massive. The gravitational effect of the moon on the Earth is strong because the moon is so close.

The gravitational pull of the sun causes the Earth’s annual orbit and therefore, combined with the Earth’s inclination, the seasons.

The moon’s gravity is primarily responsible for the daily ocean tides. The near alignment of the sun and moon does affect the Earth because their gravitational fields are so strong.

This partial alignment occurs every full moon and new moon and leads to extra strong tides called “spring tides.”

The word “spring” here refers to the fact that the extra-strong tides seem to make the water seem to spring up the shore every two weeks – not that they only occur in the spring.

Source: dr. Christopher S. Baird/West Texas A&M University

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