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This week, for the first time in 18 years, a planetary parade will take place in the night sky over England.

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Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn form the planetary pattern in the sky for the first time since December 2004.

Four of these planets have been visible since early June, but this week Mercury will rise in the sky to join them.

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This is especially good news for stars in the northern hemisphere. Because we are in the best position to see our heavenly neighbors.

As you move across the plane of the solar system, known as the ecliptic, five distant worlds shine in a row.

And while they may appear close to each other in the night sky, each of them is actually millions of miles away from each other.

When is the best time to locate a planet?

The best chance to see our other planets in our solar system is early Friday morning.

Formerly noble people can see all five planets above (credit: MailOnline)

If all the planets lit up on June 24 and you were glad you got up extra early, you should have a good chance of seeing them.

The planet will rise on the horizon at the next time:

  • Saturn: 13:30
  • Mars: 2:45 p.m.
  • Jupiter: 2.45 hours
  • Venus: 4 p.m.
  • Mercury: 4:30 p.m.

The sun starts to rise at 4:44 a.m., so it’s getting harder to see the planet. So your best window is to get out and look up. Friday from 4:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

If you want to get up early to watch the planet rise, the good news is that it’s only a crescent moon, so you won’t have much moonlight blocking your view.

Do you need a special device to explore the planet?

If the weather pattern is clear, you should be able to see the planet with the naked eye.

This means you don’t have to dig up old binoculars or search for indifferent telescopes on Ebay.

However, since the planets appear low in the sky, it’s a good idea to find a high position, ideally away from buildings and trees.

During most of June, first parents can see the five brightest planets in the eastern sky before sunrise (Saturn is to the right of Jupiter and is not shown here). Sky and Telescope

Try to avoid tall buildings and trees to see the planet more clearly. (Credit: Sky and Telescope)

If you find a good view, that view is worth it.

“Planetary connections have traditionally been a matter of astrology, not serious astronomy,” NASA astronomer and researcher Mitsi Adams said in a blog post last month.

What is a planetary layout?

Planetary layouts occur when the visible planetary orbits take them to the same area of ​​the sky when viewed from Earth.

There are times when more distant planets like Uranus are in the picture, but that’s not happening this week.

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A diagram of the solar system showing the paths of eight major planets orbiting the sun. (Credit: Getty Images/Scientific Photo Library)

The layout of the planets just doesn’t fit, you need to synchronize the orbits of different planets over time.

For example, Venus, Mars, and Saturn have been in the sky together since the end of March. Then, in mid-April, Jupiter joined the party.

But due to the angle of the Earth (and, as you know, the sunlight), they have not yet been seen correctly above the horizon.

Unfortunately, the same schedule does not apply to the viewing period. It will probably take around 30 minutes for the sunrise to start seeing you.

So set an alarm, go out and enjoy it to the fullest.