How to observe this unique phenomenon in the sky in June?

This is the most beautiful arrangement of the planets in the solar system… 102 years ago !

A unique opportunity to observe in the same area of ​​the sky the 7 major stars of our galaxy, which will be exceptionally close to each other for several days.

You will even be able to see Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with the naked eye.

short sight Mercury, Uranus and Neptuneall you need is binoculars.

Approach of the planets: when can we observe the phenomenon?

This unique event, which will only be repeated in 102 years. The planets and the moon form a straight lineand will be visible for several nights in a row at the same time in June.

According to the Institute of Celestial Mechanics and Ephemeris Calculation (IMCCE), the phenomenon will be fully visible by the end of the night of June 14-27 the “maximum” approach is scheduled to take place on the night of June 22nd.

Luckily, the weather should allow the curious to watch the show without incident.

Best practices to enjoy the show

It will therefore be necessary get up early or go to bed lateto observe the spectacular convergence of the planets of the solar system, since the event will be particularly visible before sunrise, around 4:30 a.m.

The horizon in front of you must be clear in order not to miss it the appearance of Mercury just before sunrise.

“We have to be careful because it won’t last for hours. I would say about fifteen minutes between the time Mercury is high enough to be visible and the end of twilight. We will no longer be in the dark night,” explains Pascal Descamps, head of the IMCCE’s astronomical calculation and information service, in the columns of the Parisian.

This type of phenomenon had not occurred since 1997and at such an intensity, not since 1984. According to forecasts by observers, such a convergence is not likely to manifest itself before November 2124, ie in 102 years.

approach or alignment of the planets; What a difference ?

This festival of the planets is not to be confused an alignment of the planets. Even if the stars form a “line” visually, they are not physically on the same axis as in the case of an alignment, also called “Parade of Planets”another very rare phenomenon.

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