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June is a month of space lovers, 5 planets align this June 3, more phenomena to come

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June is a month that will make space lovers drool with joy. The rare five-planet alignment makes this an excellent chance for some celestial observing.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will align in planetary order this June 3 and will be visible in the early morning.

The alignment was last seen in 2004. According to Sky & Telescope magazine, this time around, Mercury and Saturn will be closer to each other.

For a clearer view of the alignment, stargazers are advised to use binoculars. Meanwhile, as June passes, planet Mercury will be more visible as it turns brighter. Eventually, all the other planets will be visible to the naked eye.

The best time to see the phenomenon is 30 minutes before sunrise, said the magazine. Stargazers should check their local calendars for the exact time. It is also advised to veer away from areas with any obstructions that may prevent a clear view of the sky.

Viewers living in the Northern Hemisphere can witness the planets from the eastern to the southeastern horizon, while those in the opposite hemisphere should see the planets on the eastern to the northeastern horizon.

 

Full Moon

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that on June 24, the waning crescent moon will also fall in alignment between planets Venus and Mars. In addition, there will be seven more full moons gracing the night skies this year:

  • June 14: Strawberry moon
  • July 13: Buck moon
  • August 11: Sturgeon moon
  • September 10: Harvest moon
  • October 9: Hunter’s moon
  • November 8: Beaver moon
  • December 7: Cold moon

 

Eclipses

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, one more lunar eclipse and a partial solar eclipse will occur in 2022.

Partial Solar eclipses occur when the Earth’s moon passes in front of the sun to block its light partially. The partial solar eclipse this year will happen on October 25 and the following areas will be able to witness it:

  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Europe
  • Northeastern Africa
  • Middle East
  • Western Asia
  • India
  • Western China

The total lunar eclipse will happen on November 8, between 3:01 AM ET and 8:58 AM ET, and it will be visible in these regions:

  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Pacific
  • South America
  • North America

 

Meteor Showers

  • In the current record, there are 11 more meteor showers that will light the night skies in 2022:
  • Southern delta Aquariids: July 29 to 30
  • Alpha Capricornids: July 30 to 31
  • Perseids: August 11 to 12
  • Orionids: October 20 to 21
  • Southern Taurids: November 4 to 5

Based in LA, Donna Barts is a senior repoter for Kivo Daily. She primarily covers entrepreneurs.

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