Keep your eyes up to the night skies, strangers. A celestial spectacle this month will feature a planetary cluster like no other. It is very rare for such clusters to occur, and this will be the first time that five or more planets in our solar system have been included in a cluster. It is a good time to be outdoors. Our night sky has many beautiful things to look at. You won’t want to miss this one though.
Starting tonight, June 17, and for the next ten days until June 27, the celestial spectacle will dazzle. Our solar system has many moving parts. However, we will be able to see all the planets in our system, from Mercury to Neptune.
National Geographic shows that there will be a couple of planets that will really light up the night sky. With the naked eye, if you live in the United States, you should be able to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. If you use a small telescope, Uranus and Neptune will also be visible. It’s a rare lineup that stargazers will love.
Venus will be the brightest in the sky, followed by Jupiter. Mars, our little red brother in the sky, will be just to the left of Jupiter. Using Venus and Mars as your two points, you can find the faint green glow of Uranus. Once you find Jupiter and Saturn, you can get an indicator of where Neptune’s blue glow is.
Unfortunately, in the early days of this celestial extravaganza, Mercury is likely to be bleached out by the glow of the horizon in northern New York City. It won’t be easy to see the hot little planet until later in the week.
When is the best time to see the June Celestial Show?
Look, you have 10 days to check this out. It just feels like something everyone should try to watch. Like one of those moments that probably inspired the first humans thousands of years ago. This is the first time this has happened since 2004 and it will be the last time we see this phenomenon until 2040. This celestial spectacle is around for a while, but it won’t be here for long. The planets, although separated by millions of miles, will be aligned in our night sky.
So, make some plans. Maybe you have the weekend off and stay up late, or get up early enough to see for yourself. An hour and a half to an hour before sunrise is the best time to see the show. With each passing day, the moon will pose with each planet. Thus, it will help guide you while you watch. June 26 might be the best time to check, as the moon will land next to Venus, the brightest of all.
You won’t want to miss this. If you’ve ever looked up into the sky and wondered what else there could be, you need to see this heavenly spectacle. You’ll regret it until 2040 if you don’t, and you don’t want that, do you?