It is the solar event that last took place ten long years ago. Starting today, planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be seen again simultaneously, here’s how you can enjoy this rare solar spectacle.
According to Museum Victoria astronomer Dr. Tanya Hill, planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have been visible since the year began. This time, however, the said planets are also joined by Mercury. Together, these planets will be visible through the naked eye now and in the coming days. You just have to watch out for them in the early morning hours, specifically before dawn. Meanwhile, remaining planets Neptune, Uranus and Pluto will not be taking part in this solar event. Nonetheless, Uranus can sometimes be seen in the dark sky, if you look hard enough.
To best enjoy this upcoming cosmic event, one can only hope for clear skies in the coming days. However, this week might not be good for those in Washington D.C., New York or Boston for planet watching as a persistent snowstorm can cause skies to be anything but clear. And in case you miss the planetary show these coming days, don’t worry. EarthSky reports it may be happening again quite soon.
In fact, it is possible that all five planets will be viewable again from August 13 to 19. Instead of waiting for them in early morning hours, however, you will have to catch Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky instead.