Every planet in the solar system visible in rare “planet parade”

Every planet in the solar system visible in rare “planet parade”

: Every planet in the solar systems is visible


By Simrin Singh

CBS News

Wednesday night saw the sun rise over the solar system’s planets in a dazzling astronomical spectacle known as a “planet parade”.

Skywatchers were able to see the phenomenon with their naked eyes Tuesday night. You could also see Neptune and Uranus with a telescope or pair of binoculars.

The planet parade is not a rare event — it happens at least once every two years. The eight-planet alignment was last seen in 2005. June.

It was suggested that you look south after sunset to see the phenomenon. From east to west, these planets appeared in the following order: Mars, Uranus Mars, Jupiter, Neptune Saturn, Mercury Venus.

“People should look southward around 30 to 45 minutes after sunset in order to catch Mercury or Venus before they get too close to the horizon,” Vahe Peroomian, an astronomy and physics professor at the University of Southern California. “Jupiter and Saturn will be visible when it gets dark from southeast to west,” said Vahe Peroomian.

Peroomian explained to CBS News that planets can appear in the same sky when they orbit the sun.

“Mercury completes an orbit in 88 days, Venus takes 225 days. He said that the outer planets move slower than Jupiter and Saturn. Saturn orbits the Sun in 12 years, while Jupiter takes 29. “So long as Jupiter or Saturn are visible from our point, the rest of the planets will eventually align themselves.

It is more difficult for Uranus and Neptune to be visible simultaneously, as it takes them 165 and 84 years to orbit the sun, respectively.

Peroomian stated that both planets “spend considerable amounts of time on opposite sides” of the Sun, based on their vantage point.

Neptune and Uranus were quite close on Wednesday night. However, Uranus moves around Neptune twice as fast than Neptune so the planets will be back far apart.

Peroomian explained that it won’t be possible for many decades to see both planets simultaneously in the night sky.

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