From his balcony in Rome, astrophysicist Gianluca Masi captured a rare image of the night sky with the four planets Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn (plus the Moon) lined up. straight.
Rare image captured when 4 planets align in the night sky of April 23 and will recur on April 30
The moon heads with these planets in the early morning sky this week. And Italian astrophysicist Gianluca Masi captured this breathtaking display from his balcony in Rome.
Before the unusual arrangement of the five planets visible in the Solar system, the four planets line up behind the Moon like ducklings. As of April 23 and April 30, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Jupiter are all visible above the horizon in the early morning in the Northern Hemisphere.
When the planets align
Planetary alignment occurs when the orbits of the planets bring them to the same region of the sky, as seen from Earth. Conjunctions of these planets are not uncommon, but they are also infrequent. The last time the five planets aligned in the night sky was in 2020, before that in 2016 and 2005.
On April 4 and 5, they came so close together that when viewed from Earth, Mars and Saturn appeared shorter than the width of the Full Moon in the southeast early morning sky.
Jupiter turns the trio into a quartet in mid-April. Then the Moon appeared on April 23 to the right of Saturn. Mars looks like an orange dot below and to the left of Saturn, while Venus is the brighter region below and to the left of Mars. Jupiter is the lowest and leftmost in the sky.
Michelle Nichols, director of public observation at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, says the way to distinguish planets from stars in the sky is by light.
5 planets will align in June
The planets will be best visible in the northern hemisphere from one hour to 45 minutes before sunrise. The moon will stay on the horizon until April 29, but the four planets will be in space until early July.
Mercury will appear in this line as early as June 10 in places with a flat, eastern horizon (possibly Denver or the US coast of North Carolina, overlooking the ocean), leading to a the final link of the five planets.
Uranus and Neptune will also be in the Northern Hemisphere’s field of view during alignment. Uranus will be between Mercury and Mars and will be visible in areas without much light pollution. It can be seen with the naked eye in a dark enough sky, but binoculars will give a better view. Neptune requires a telescope to see.
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