Sky enthusiasts are in for a treat in the next few days as an astonishing celestial display known as the “parade of planets” is set to light up the evening sky. Starting Saturday, March 25, until Thursday, March 30, five planets, namely Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Uranus, will be visible in the sky, shining brightly in a straight line just after sunset.
According to astronomy experts, Tuesday, March 28, will be the peak night for the planetary parade, providing the best opportunity to catch all five planets in close proximity. Observers are encouraged to look westward after sunset to witness this breathtaking sight.
While these planets will appear as bright dots similar to stars, sky watchers are advised to use binoculars or a telescope for a better view of this cosmic alignment.
Experts recommend a dark and open location with an unobstructed view of the western horizon for optimal visibility. A westward-facing shoreline with a flat and wide-open view is ideal for catching multiple planets in one view.
If the weather does not permit or you miss the grand show, there will be other opportunities to witness planetary alignments later in the year. The alignment of four planets – Mars, Venus, Uranus, and Mercury – will occur on April 11, April 24, and May 29. Meanwhile, June 17 will feature a rare alignment of five planets, including Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Mercury, and Uranus.
In addition to these planetary alignments, the crescent moon will also make a stunning appearance above Venus and below Mars high in the western sky on Saturday, March 25. The crescent moon will move closer to the middle of these two planets on Sunday night, March 26.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness the grand parade of planets in the late March sky. Get those binoculars and head to an open location for the best view.
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