Planetary Alignment

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  • Recently, Five planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus will align in the sky which is often called a planetary parade or alignment, and will be visible to the naked eye.


  • The best viewing time is on March 28th 2023, shortly after the sun sets below the horizon.
  • Venus will be the most visible planet, followed by Mars with its special orange hue.
  • Uranus will be near Venus but difficult to detect without proper equipment, while Mercury and Jupiter will appear at the bottom.
  • The last time these five planets aligned was in 2004. The alignment is often referred to as a planetary parade and can be seen in the nighttime sky.
  • Experts have pointed out that the visibility of certain planets in the alignment depends on certain conditions, such as light pollution and the location of the viewer.
  • A similar alignment occurred in June 2022, where five planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn – aligned.
  • However, this lineup will not occur again until 2040.
  • Light pollution is the excessive use of artificial light that brightens the night sky and disrupts the natural darkness.This affects the observability of celestial bodies.
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