Look Up In The Sky For The Next Planetary Alignment
It's almost time to get out of the house and look up at the sky for another great show. We have eight planets in our solar system, and on March 28th, you will get to see five of them.
It's common to see two or three at a time, but this is a rare event. The Star Walk website notes that five planets in our solar system will be visible at once as they line up on March 28th within a small 50-degree sky sector shortly after sunset.
Those planets include Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus, and Mars, along with the moon as well. Star Walk describes this event as a Planetary Alignment, which is an event where several planets gather closely on one side of the Sun at the same time.
Star Walk mentions that the five-planet alignment can be seen a few days before and after March 28th as well. As you search for this great event, keep in mind that while the five planets format a line, it's not a straight line.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter will be the brightest and most easily seen. Mercury and Jupiter will be closer to the horizon, Venus and Uranus higher up and Mars will be found near the first quarter moon according to the Star Walk website.
Binoculars will most likely be needed to see all five planets, and there are astronomy apps available to help assist in locating the five planets during this rare event.
If you miss this event, there are more planetary alignments on the horizon, but not anytime soon. According to Starwalk, the next two most anticipated planetary alignments will occur on September 8th, 2040, featuring five planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, seen with the naked eye, and March 15th, 2080 featuring six planets - Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Uranus.
For complete information about the March 28th planetary alignment, visit the Star Walk website.