5 Planets Align in the Sky in Rare Formation - VOA Learning English

5 Planets Align in the Sky in Rare Formation - VOA Learning English

5 Planets Align in the Sky in Rare Formation - VOA Learning English
Jun 27, 2022 1 min, 12 secs

The five major planets in our solar system have lined up in a rare formation that sky watchers can see with their own eyes.

The planets involved are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

They are the brightest planets in the solar system.

Seeing two or three major planets close to each other can be a common sight.

But the American Astronomical Society said in a statement that seeing all five together is rare.

The society said the best time to watch the five planets is shortly before the sun rises.

A map published by the Astronomical Society’s Sky & Telescope magazine shows the planets appearing from left to right in this order – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

The planets should be visible without special equipment such as a telescope.

“If it’s cloudy on the dates of note, you still have all the mornings in between to take in the view of the five naked-eye planets adorning the southeastern horizon,” the society said.

“Look up starting tonight to see Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn spread out and appear to line up in the sky.” NASA noted that on June 23, sky watchers got a special treat, when the “crescent moon” joined the lineup.

The one currently most observable is called M13, also known as the Hercules Cluster.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from the American Astronomical Society, Sky & Telescope and NASA.

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