Don’t miss the Planet Parade, which takes place at the end of March.
Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Mars set to align Arches on the nights of March 25-30 next to the Moon.
Jupiter could plunge into sunset and lose itself to the sun after the 28th, so aim to see that relatively A rare cosmic event at that time.
If you want to spot The five planets On a single night, timing, dark skies, and a clear horizon view are key.
How to prepare for the planetary procession
Maybe you can see some of these planets from the city. Venus would be easiest to see with the naked eye, as it is the third brightest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon.
However, some other planets, such as Uranus and Mercury, may be difficult to see. Give yourself the best chance by getting away from the city lights, to a place with dark skies, before the sun goes down. Be sure to check the weather and plan for a clear evening.
I live in a location with a clear and unobstructed view of the western horizon – no mountains or buildings blocking the sunset! You’ll need to look down on the horizon to spot Jupiter and Mercury.
While most of the planets should be visible to the naked eye, you’ll probably need binoculars or even a telescope to see Uranus and get a full parade of five planets.
An easy way to learn about planets is to download an astronomy app like Sky Tonight or SkySafari, which will show you exactly where each planet is in the night sky.
Where to look and what to expect in the hours after sunset
Soon after the sun dips below the horizon, look to the west. Low in the sky, where the sun has just set, Jupiter and Mercury will appear side by side.
Reducing sunlight can make it difficult to see them with the naked eye. So if you can’t spot them at first, try binoculars. Just make sure the sun is below the horizon so it doesn’t hurt your eyes when looking at it through binoculars.
The duo won’t be visible until less than an hour after sunset. Then, they will sink below the horizon and you won’t be able to see them.
Now is the time to admire Venus – the brightest star-like object in the night sky, floating above Jupiter – and look up Uranus with your binoculars.
Uranus will be above and to the left of Venus very soon. You’ll be able to see the faint planet better now that sunlight has faded from the sky, taking Jupiter and Mercury with it. You’ll have an hour or two to hunt for it before this duo also spots just below the horizon.
On the other hand, you will have plenty of time to discover the red planet, Mars. It will appear bright red and high in the southwestern sky, above the crescent moon and slightly to the left from March 25 to 27, and then under the full moon on March 28 and beyond.
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Bonus planet: Saturn
If you stay up all night or get up before dawn, you might spot Saturn hanging on the eastern horizon just before sunrise on March 27 and 28.
This article was originally published by Business Trainee.
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