At the end of March, a parade of 5 planets is expected: where and how to watch it
Do not miss the parade of planets, which will take place at the end of March. Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Mars will line up in an arc from March 25 to 30 along with the Moon. Where and how to see this spectacle, said the publication Business Insider.
However, Jupiter may sink into the sunset and get lost in the sunlight after March 28, so try to see this relatively rare cosmic event by then.
If you want to see all five planets in one night, keep in mind that time, dark skies, and a clear view of the horizon are key factors.
Where is the best place to watch the planetary parade
Some of these planets will be visible within the city. Venus is visible to the naked eye because it is the third brightest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon.
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But Uranus and Mercury are harder to see. To make sure you do this, before sunset, go away from the city lights - to a place with a dark sky. Don't forget to check the weather and plan for a cloudless evening.
Choose a location with a clear, unobstructed view of the western horizon—no mountains or buildings blocking the sunset. You will need to look low on the horizon to see Jupiter and Mercury.
While most of the planets should be visible to the naked eye, you'll probably need binoculars or even a telescope to see Uranus and get a complete picture of the five planet parade.
An easy way to identify them is to download one of the astronomy apps like Sky Tonight or SkySafari, which will show you exactly where each planet is in the night sky.
Where to look and what to expect in the hours after sunset
As soon as the sun drops below the horizon, look to the west. Low in the sky, where the sun has just set, Jupiter and Mercury will appear side by side.
Decreasing sunlight can make them difficult to see without special optics. So if you can't find them the first time, try using binoculars. But first make sure the sun is below the horizon so you don't hurt your eyes.
This duo will be visible less than an hour after sunset. After that, he will go beyond the horizon, and you will not see him.
Now it's time to admire Venus, the brightest "star" in the sky, hovering over Jupiter, and then look for Uranus through binoculars.
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Uranus will be above and to the left of Venus, very close. You can best see the dimmer planet after all the sunlight has disappeared from the sky, taking Jupiter and Mercury with it. You will have an hour or two to find them before they disappear over the horizon.
In addition, you will get a margin of time to see the red planet Mars. It will appear bright red high in the southwest sky, above and slightly to the left of the crescent moon from March 25 to 27, then under the moon on March 28 and beyond.
Bonus Planet: Saturn
If you stay up all night or wake up before dawn, you may notice Saturn hovering low over the eastern horizon just before sunrise on March 27 and 28.
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