With the recent spectacle of the total solar eclipse in April, followed by the mesmerizing appearance of the northern lights in May, the celestial stage has been nothing short of spectacular. And now, as June draws near, skygazers around the world are eagerly anticipating yet another cosmic treat: a rare and awe-inspiring planetary alignment. According to Starwalk.space, a smartphone planetarium app, this rare planetary alignment will occur on June 3, 2024 before sunrise, when six planets—Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus—will line up in a straight line in the sky, known as a ‘planet parade’, dubbed by the Internet. Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will be apparent to the naked eye. However, Neptune and Uranus will require high-powered binoculars or a telescope. Sky enthusiasts will have the opportunity to witness this celestial occurrence for several days before and after the specified date. Not to mention this is the second planet parade that happened this year. The last planetary alignment occurred during the 2024 Solar Eclipse.
What is Planetary Alignment?
When planets approach one another while orbiting the same side of the Sun at the same time, they create a straight line (as seen from the Earth) along the same path, called the ecliptic. This phenomenon is known as a planetary alignment or planet parade. But this alignment doesn’t actually happen in reality. The planets appear to be aligned because they’re all on the ecliptic.
Why Does This Planetary Alignment Hold Significant Importance?
This planetary alignment is significant because it involves six planets which is a rare event to occur as compared to the five planets alignments.
Where to view this Celestial Event?
This rare occurrence will be visible on the eastern skies across the Northern Hemisphere.
In the U.S , New York State offers the best viewing spot on June 3, from 5 a.m. ET until just before sunrise at 5:26 a.m.
How to Find the Best Viewing Time?
You can use the following tools to know when the planets rise and set and in which order, depending on where in the world you’re viewing from.
NASA's Important Message for Eager Skygazers
The enthusiastic skygazers might have to wait a little longer to see this parade of planets. According to NASA, “Some online sources have shared excitement about a "parade of planets" visible in the morning sky in early June (June 3 in particular). In reality, only two of the six planets supposedly on display (Saturn and Mars) will actually be visible. In early June, Jupiter and Mercury will be at or below the horizon in morning twilight and not visible; Uranus and Neptune are far too faint to see without a telescope, especially as the morning sky brightens. The closest thing to a planet parade will be June 29, when Saturn, the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter will line up across the morning sky.”
Sneak Peek into Future Planetary Alignments
According to Starwalk,space, these are the next planetary alignments featuring 5 to 7 planets:

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