How to see the planetary alignment of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn

A planetary alignment that has not been seen since 2004 and that will not return until 2040 can be seen from the early hours of this June 24 until Monday, June 27 in the skies of the world between: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter Y Saturn.

Must start your observations about an hour before sunrise. The planets will stretch from east to south (north to east at southern latitudes) across the sky. Observers in the Southern Hemisphere will have a better view: the planets there will rise earlier and rise much higher.

The planets will appear “like a string of pearls stretched out from near the horizon,” space scientist and lead stargazer for the Popular Astronomy Society, Professor Lucie Green, told the BBC.

It is also a special event because the planets will appear in the order that they are positioned from the sun.

Hours to see it in Latin America

    • Argentina ­čí¬(Buenos Aires): 6.45 a.m.
    • Chili ­čí¬ (Santiago): 6.45 a.m.
    • Colombia ­čí¬(Bogota): 4:45 a.m.
    • Mexico ­čí¬(CDMX): 6.00 a.m.
    • Peru ­čí¬(Lima): 5.30 a.m.
    • Spain ­čí¬(Madrid): 5.45 a.m.
    • USA ­čí¬(Washington): 4:45 a.m.
    • Venezuela ­čí¬(Caracas): 5.00 a.m.

To easily locate and identify the planets in the sky dome, you can use mobile applications such as star walk 2 either sky tonight. Simply point your device at the sky and the apps will show you what object you are looking at. App notifications will help you stay on top of the most important astronomical events.

According to NASA, the next spectacular parade of planets will take place on September 8, 2040. Five planets will be visible to the naked eye in a circle about ten degrees in diameter. The alignment will include Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The crescent Moon will also be visible, positioned between Venus and Saturn. The best time for observations will be around 19:30 local time.

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