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The five largest planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn – are grouped in our solar system in order to match the rare planet that is visible to the naked eye. In a clear sky, the planets may appear bright before dawn. It is a special opportunity to see the Mercury, often obscured by the light of the Sun so that it cannot be seen, the BBC reported on Friday.
The summit was very bright on Friday morning but will remain visible until Monday in most parts of the world.
Planets align. It’s fine. What is time? Does that even rhyme?
Look up starting tonight to see Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn spread out and appear to line up in the sky. The crescent moon joins them on June 23: https://t.co/36QwkIxfaw pic.twitter.com/uh5V9W2q45
— NASA (@NASA) June 19, 2022
The last such meeting took place in 2004 and will not be seen again until 2040, the report said.
The planets are seen as “a series of pearls spread out from near the horizon”, explains the astronomer and chief astronomer at the Famous Star Association Prof. Lucie Green.
It is also a special event because the planets appear in their own order from the sun.
This is not always the case in planetary eclipses because of our view from Earth looking at the solar system, says Prof Green.
On Friday, the shining Moon also joined the ranks, appearing between Venus and Mars.