Good news for astronomy enthusiasts.
During the nights of March 25 to 30, five planets will line up in the sky, alongside the moon, reports the regional daily
Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Mars.
What is this astronomical event?
This is not really a perfect alignment of the planets in the sky, but a visual phenomenon.
This is because the latter occurs when the planets come together tightly on one side of the Sun.
The spectator, from the Earth, then has the impression that they are aligned.
This illusion depends mainly on the angle and vision.
The steps to follow to locate the planets
Weather permitting, this rare phenomenon can be observed from land for several days.
And it is on the evening of the 28th that the conditions will be the best to admire this spectacle.
How to proceed ?
You will first need to choose, if possible, a place of observation far from any light pollution and with an unobstructed view.
You should begin your observation shortly before sunset, as Jupiter and Mercury will only be visible until an hour after dark.
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First, locate the famous “Eating Star”, real name Venus, the third brightest object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon.
You will then need to look more carefully (and preferably a pair of binoculars!) for Uranus, which is nearby, and Mars, which will join the alignment higher in the sky, details StarWalk.
Then lower your gaze to the horizon to see Jupiter and Mercury.
To make the most of the show, it is strongly recommended to be equipped with binoculars or better, a telescope.
An app like Sky Tonight will also make it easier for you to identify planets in the sky.