Saturday, September 30

June to feature seven viewable planets in the morning sky

We are in for a rare sight in our morning sky in June.

We will not only see the five planets visible to the human eye – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – but also Uranus and Neptune.

Uranus and Neptune can be viewed with binoculars or with a small telescope. Best dates for viewing will be June 16-27. The Moon joins this phenomenal sight from June 18-27.

We also will enjoy a visit from asteroid Vesta. The real thrill will be that the five visible planets will be stretched across the ecliptic in the correct order from their distance from the Sun. The planets will be spread along a 106-degree line of the ecliptic.

The ecliptic is the imaginary line in the sky that marks the path of the Sun. It traces out the apparent annual motion of the Sun across the sky. The planets orbit in approximately the same plane as Earth, so they appear along the ecliptic. So, we will be able to see how the visible planets are lying along the ecliptic in our June predawn sky.

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