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June 2024 Planetary Alignment: Enjoy the rare alignment of the planets in the early skies on June 3, know the details

Stargazers will have the chance to witness a spectacular parade of planets next month. During this rare celestial event, all six planets will be visible before dawn on June 3, where people can enjoy the view of Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in a single line.

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What is a planetary alignment?

Planetary alignment refers to the rare positioning of the planets in the solar system in which they all appear to be in a straight line. Interestingly, this rare celestial event is more wishful thinking than perspective.

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According to NASA, astronomers call the phenomenon when two or more planets approach each other in the sky a conjunction. This conjunction is called an “alignment” when all the planets appear close to the sun in a straight line. The alignment is made up of six planets: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

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According to experts, planetary alignment in this context refers to the planets aligning visually in the sky or in a “planetary parade.” However, they actually only appear to be in a single line with no true orbital alignment.

How to detect the planet parade?

Before this rare event, it is recommended to find a place to easily observe the morning sky and check the exact date and time of the planets’ alignment.

Why the planet parade can be a disappointment?

Before you start preparing to spot your first planetary alignment, it’s important to understand that you could end up spotting only two planets out of six in the sky, according to Forbes. The website says that the two visible planets will not be bright or impressive. The dim light from these planets will make the alignment very difficult for viewers to enjoy with the naked eye. Most people could see Saturn and Mars with the naked eye. However, it would take a telescope and a lot of patience to detect Uranus and Neptune.

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