June 5, 2023


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The conjunction of the great planets. It is worth looking at the sky

In the coming weeks, you will be able to enjoy the extremely rare order of bright planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. We suggest how and when to view this unique astronomical spectacle, sometimes called the parade of planets.

During the month of June, and into the early days of July, you will be able to see a unique system of five planets in the morning sky. This is called a conjunction that occurs most often when two or three planets are very close to each other, seen from Earth. This time, five planets will be clearly visible – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and SatronWhich is rare. This last pairing occurred in December 2004.

The Great Conjunction of the Planets in 2022

According to astronomers It is best to see the planets on June 24In the morning, but everyone who misses this moment has a whole month to look up at the early morning sky and see the so-called procession of celestial bodies. Where should I look for planets? service Interesting geometry He explains that people in the northern hemisphere should look for Mercury in the east and then look south to see other planets. Also in the Southern Hemisphere, you should look for Mercury in the east, but then look north to see the conjunction.

Under favorable weather conditions, the planets will be visible to the naked eye. For better experiences, it is worth arming yourself with an amateur binoculars or telescope and choosing a suitable place for observing the morning sky.

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Karolina Modzilowska, journalist at Wirtualna Polska