- by Saidata Sesay
- BBC World Service
June offers stargazers a rare opportunity to observe a celestial cure: five planets and a moon align.
From the northern hemisphere, Mercury, Venus, Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in procession before dawn, forming a curved line.
The most perfect formation will take place from 23 to 24 June.
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This alignment is called celestial synchrony and can be observed with the naked eye. The last time this phenomenon occurred was in 2004.
From the southern hemisphere, Mercury and Venus can be seen in the morning, between them is the star Adebaran.
Aldebaran – which means “follower” in Arabic – is one of the 15 brightest stars we can see from our planet. It is 44 times the diameter of the Sun and casts a reddish tint.
If you stay up all night staring at the stars, you’ll see Saturn first. You will appear in the middle of the night.
For a few hours before dawn, Jupiter and then Mars will be visible. At dawn, Venus will appear, followed by Mercury at sunrise.
Below we explain how to identify each planet you will see.
Astrologers believe that this alignment is important.
Some believe that planetary conjunctions are associated with a massive shift in energy, moving humanity from a place of war to a more peaceful point of peace and harmony.
This means that the evils that have plagued the human race can finally be replaced by love, acceptance and cooperation.
what do you see?
This year, Saturn will be especially visible on autumn evenings.
But now she wakes up before midnight local time.
To the naked eye, Saturn looks like a bright yellow-white star.
But with a small telescope, you’ll be able to see the planet’s famous rings, which now seem to be shrinking. It extends to the north and south of the planet.
At dawn, Saturn is easily visible in the sky from southeast or south to southeast.
Mars is the morning planet, and it becomes easier to observe it in June.
It rises in the eastern and southeastern sky just before 2 a.m. local time, and shines with a brightness comparable to that of Akhernar, the ninth brightest star visible from Earth.
You’ll see the yellow-orange shade of Mars.
Our crescent Mars will pass from June 22 to 23 – completing all six celestial bodies in alignment.
Many of us already recognize Jupiter in the early morning sky. It shines more than twice as bright as Sirius, the brightest star we can see from Earth.
Using a telescope or binoculars, the western side of the planet appears slightly weaker than its eastern side in June.
From June 22, it will be easier to see and will enter the constellation Cetus (“Pisces”) on June 25.
Venus rises at dawn and is much brighter than Jupiter. It would be easiest to see 30 minutes before sunrise on June 30th.
Binoculars or telescopes will allow the Pleiades star cluster to be seen 9 degrees to the left of Venus before the morning twilight becomes too bright.
Mercury is also best seen 30 minutes before sunrise on June 30 and will be the lowest planet on the horizon.
At the beginning of June, it was too far and too faint to be seen in the dawn sky.
Since June 16, it has been visible to the naked eye very low in the east or northeast, about 30 minutes before sunrise.
You can see it in the lower left of Venus.
On June 27, Mercury rose above the northeast horizon just an hour before sunrise.
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