Index - Tech-Science - Five planets line up at dawn on Friday

Index – Tech-Science – Five planets line up at dawn on Friday

Five planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn can be seen with the naked eye in the sky at dawn depending on their distance from the sun. The last example of this rare phenomenon was in 2004.

For early risers clearing the sky, who can see the horizon to the east and southeast unobstructed, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will be visible before the fainter, Mercury, disappears in the light of sunrise.

MTI reports that it is not uncommon to see two or three planets close together, but the five planets visible to the naked eye have not appeared in order from the northern hemisphere since December 2004.

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The planets in the solar system orbit the sun in a narrow plane, which means that when viewed from Earth, they appear close to an imaginary line in the sky, the ecliptic. The five planets will rise above the horizon in the early hours of Friday morning.

According to Greg Brown, an astronomer at the Royal Museum in Greenwich, it will be easier to see Venus and Jupiter: Venus will be visible above the horizon from about 4 a.m. BST, and Mars and Jupiter from about 2 a.m. until 45 p.m. Saturn will rise above the horizon at two in the morning, but like Mars, it will be difficult to see before sunrise. Mercury rises around five in the morning, so in light of dawn it will be difficult to spot it and stay close to the horizon. (This CET appears 1 hour later.)

All five planets can only be seen together in a very narrow time window: after Mercury’s ascension, but before sunrise

Brown explained.

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The scientist added that even a telescope is enough to see the faintest of visible planets. However, he cautioned those concerned before attempting to observe Mercury to ensure that the sun was actually still below the horizon and still.

Do not look directly at the sun by chance,

Because it can seriously damage the eyes.

It will be easier to observe Mercury later in June, and on June 24, the moon will join the five planets between Venus and Mars.


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