‘If you missed the planet parade this morning, experts reveal upcoming alignment dates’

Skywatchers who rose early on Monday were treated to a spectacular celestial event known as a planetary parade. This event involved the alignment of six planets – Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. However, only the first four were visible to the naked eye, with the latter two requiring a telescope for viewing.

For those who missed the initial display, there is good news. Experts predict that a similar alignment will occur later in the month, offering a potentially better viewing opportunity. Additionally, another planetary alignment is expected later in the year.

A planetary alignment occurs when planets gather closely on one side of the sun, traveling along the same path known as the ecliptic. This phenomenon creates the appearance that the planets are aligned. There are different types of planetary alignments, ranging from mini alignments with three planets to great alignments involving all solar system planets.

Although NASA debunked the visibility of the recent planetary parade, stating that only two planets were actually visible, enthusiasts can still look forward to future opportunities. The next planetary alignment is predicted for August 28, 2024, featuring six planets aligning in the night sky. Subsequent alignments are forecasted for early 2025 as well.

Overall, these celestial events offer fascinating viewing opportunities for astronomy enthusiasts, providing a glimpse into the wondrous nature of our solar system.