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Parade of planets visible on Monday, June 3

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Next week there will be a planetary parade, an alignment of several planets, but not all the planets in tow will be visible to the naked eye.

If you plan to look skyward on June 3 to catch a glimpse of the action, make sure you know what to expect to avoid disappointment.

Planetary alignment on Monday June 3

According to Starwalk.space, planetary alignment occurs when several planets gather close to one side of the sun at the same time.

Before sunrise on June 3, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune align in the sky.

Although six planets will be part of the alignment, only Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can be spotted with the naked eye. Neptune and Uranus will only be visible using powerful binoculars or a telescope, LiveScience reports.

How does planetary alignment work?

All planets orbit the sun along the same orbital plane, known as the ecliptic on Earth, and they all travel along it, eventually overtaking each other over time. Once the planets meet, they will appear to align as they travel past Earth, but according to Space.com, the line won’t be perfectly straight.

Because each planet moves at different speeds, the alignment will only last a short time depending on each planet’s distance from the Sun. This is also why planetary alignments do not always contain the same number of planets.

  • A conjunction occurs when two or more planets are close together in the sky.
  • A mini-planetary alignment includes three planets.
  • A minor planetary alignment includes four planets.
  • A major planetary alignment includes five or six planets.
  • A major or complete planetary alignment includes all the planets of the solar system, and sometimes Pluto.

Moon info: Read more about May’s flower moon and when you can see it this month. Plus June moon details

Where can you see the planetary alignment on June 3?

The planetary alignment will be visible almost everywhere in the US on June 3, but the ideal time to align with it may vary depending on your specific location. According to Starwalk.space, tall mountains and tall buildings in your area can also obscure the planets from view.

The best place to look is a part of the dark sky with no light pollution and a clear view of the horizon. Most who view the event with the naked eye will see a crescent moon with Mars to the right, looking like a bright orange star, and Saturn further to the right, looking like a glowing yellow-white star, LiveScience reports.

In Delaware, the weather on Sunday, June 2 will be mostly sunny with a high near 81 degrees. By nightfall, skies will be partly cloudy with a low around 81 degrees. The morning of Monday, June 3 will be mostly sunny with a high near 83 degrees.

When will the next planetary alignment be visible?

The alignment can take longer than one day, so it is possible to watch it another evening if you miss it the first time.

If you miss it completely, planetary alignment isn’t as rare as it sounds, and there are chances to attend the parade again.

From Space.com’s perspective, it is very common to see planets along the ecliptic from our perspective on Earth, and this happens a few times a year.

If the celestial event on June 3 doesn’t work out for you, the next planetary parades to keep in mind will take place on August 28 and January 18, 2025, both featuring Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. , according to Starwalk.space.

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