NASA reports on the June planetary parade – Telemundo Houston

NASA reports on the June planetary parade – Telemundo Houston
NASA reports on the June planetary parade – Telemundo Houston

DALLAS – Six planets will align in the early morning hours of June 3 in what is known as a planetary parade. But only two planets will be part of the spectacle with the naked eye.

Here’s what you need to know about this planetary event:

The planets in our solar system rotate at an angle around the Sun. From time to time, several align on the correct side of the Sun and are visible in a narrow strip of Earth’s sky.

The frequency of this phenomenon depends on the number of planets aligned and whether or not they are visible without binoculars or a telescope. There are usually a handful of planets in the night sky at any given time, although they may be hidden below the horizon or obscured by sunlight.

This planetary parade of Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune won’t offer great views.

“The Sun is going to hinder the parade,” explains Ronald Gamble, a theoretical astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Mercury and Jupiter will be too close to the horizon to be visible, obscured by the rising sun. Uranus and Neptune can only be seen with a telescope, although Uranus may be too close to the Sun to be visible.

Although June’s planetary parade may not dazzle, the night sky still offers wonders to observe.

Summer is a great season to explore the night sky with a star or planet-gazing app, explains Michelle Nichols of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.

And the annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak in mid-August with fast trails of light. Nichols recommends watching the rain away from city lights and letting your eyes adjust to the darkness for the best view.

 
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