Over the next few months, you will be able to witness a rare celestial parade of asteroid, comet and planets – Venus. Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune.
The coming months are set to be especially exciting for astronomy enthusiasts. There is going to be some really rare events happening up in the sky because, along with an asteroid and a comet, as many as five planets including Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune will align in a straight line. Not just the alignment of these celestial objects, but there are going to be a few other exciting events too. As these planets and near-Earth objects will go straight in a line, some of these will even pass close to each other leading to a magnificent planetary conjunctions.
Earlier, back in December 2021, there was a similar kind of planet parade when five planets were aligned in a line. Now, from March 28 to May, 2022, there will be another series of events awaiting for you. Here’s everything that you need to know about the upcoming Celestial Parade 2022 and other planet conjunctions.
March 28: First on March 28, the Moon will pass close to the three planets – Venus, Mars, and Saturn. All of these planets and the moon will be in the Capricornus constellation. You can look up for them in the southeast direction in the pre-dawn sky.
April 1: Have you heard about Orion’s belt? Well, on April 1, there will be another kind of configuration but formed by planets including Mars, Saturn, and Venus. You will be able to see these three planets almost in a straight line.
April 5: This day, you will be able to witness the Mars and Saturn conjunction which will be just 0°19′ apart in the south-eastern location of the. You will be able to watch this phenomenon with the view of the telescope as well as the naked eyes or through binoculars.
April 16-24: This period between April 16-24 will be a good chance to catch the five planets align in a straight line. Among all these, Venus will be seen as the brightest. Not just that, the Comet 22P/Kopff will make its close appearance with Mars, as well as the asteroid Vesta will be close to Saturn.
April 24: On this day, the moon will join the celestial parade of the planets, a comet, and an asteroid on April 24. After this, a week later, the Moon will eclipse the Sun on April 30.
May 1: This will be the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Venus which are the two brightest planets in the solar system.
May 12: After the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, the five mentioned planets – Venus, Jupiter, Neptune, Mars, and Saturn, will realign.
Enjoy the upcoming show of Celestial Parade of planets, comets, asteroids, and moon too!