We’ve officially stepped into June 2022 for a few days, and we already know that astronomy will be pretty generous with the month! Stargazers once again have a new reason to be excited, as five planets will be in alignment in the night sky.
The big news regarding the alignment is brought by CNN. That means that the best thing to do is prepare yourself a pair of binoculars and choose a good spot in the evening from where to look at the sky. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the weather forecast, as the sky doesn’t have to be cloudy if you want to see the planets!
The alignment began on June 3
The planets in question are the first five from the Sun, except for Earth, of course: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. The alignment started on Friday evening, and the best time to spot it is about half an hour before sunrise. There is a lot more time to catch the event in the night sky. Stargazers had been waiting for the phenomenon for 18 years, as 2004 was the last year when the five planets were aligned in such a way. The eastern horizon is the place where the celestial show will start.
Diana Hannikainen, who is observing editor of Sky & Telescope, said, as CNN quotes:
I’ll be out there with my binoculars, looking towards the east and southeast and crossing all my fingers and toes that it is going to be clear.
Mercury and Venus are the first two planets from our Sun, and they’re scorching hot. Saturn and Jupiter, on the other hand, are the biggest planets in our Solar System, and they’re mostly made of gas. Mars is the only planet from the group of five that could be capable of hosting some forms of life.