Bandar Seri Begawan – All planets and the Moon to line-up and cross the pre-dawn sky throughout June, providing an excellent photo as well as sky watching opportunity.
Early risers in Brunei can catch the Great Planet Parade this week until end of June.
The phenomenon happens when all the planets in the Solar System gather at the same time on one side of the sun and on the night side of the Earth in June 2022.
As the planets move on a plane of the solar system known as ecliptic, it creates a line up crossing our night sky.
The five bright planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn – and the Moon will line up and all visible together to the naked eyes in the coming weeks.
Unobstructed horizon is required to observe Mercury as the planet is positioned very low in the Eastern sky.
Uranus & Neptune will also be in the alignment but seeing them with the naked eye is difficult. You’ll require a telescope to locate them in the night sky.
June 26, 2022 will be a special moment when the crescent Moon close to the brilliant Venus and the bright Seven Sisters (Pleiades- M45) star cluster in the constellation Taurus at dawn.
The planetary parade should be easily visible to the unaided eye if the weather is clear, and sky watchers do not need to use binoculars or a telescope to observe the celestial spectacles.
It is possible to capture decent photos of the astronomical phenomena with today’s smartphones on a tripod. Share your snaps and get them featured by tagging #bruneiastronomy on your stories.
These uncommon phenomena of all-planet parade had happened in March 1982, July 2020, and the next one is predicted in May 2161.
Use our new interactive sky map (www.bruneiastronomy.org/skymap) to locate the planets and stars in our sky.