5 planets aligning in night sky will be ‘pretty phenomenal’ – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2022-06-23 13:44:56 –

OMSI space experts said such astronomical events are “quite astounding.”

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) – Looking up at the sky early in the morning of the last day of June, you can see five visible planets twinkling close to each other on the horizon.

Jim Todd, director of space science education at OMSI, called the event a “planetary celebration” and said it was something astronomy enthusiasts were looking forward to.

Only Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will be visible to the human eye, but all seven planets and Pluto will be almost in line.

“The important thing is that Mercury is well above the eastern horizon,” Todd said. “What we are looking for is that Mercury will be so high that it is not too close to the horizon or the Sun.”

People in the Pacific Northwest were able to find all five planets in the sky around 4 am on Wednesday, June 22, but Todd had the best time to see them at 6. He said it would be around 3:30 am or 4 am on the 24th and 25th of the month. When Mercury is at the highest altitude, it’s easier to find.

Todd said Venus is the brightest planet, followed by Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. Mercury can be identified by how close it is to the horizon.

To see the planet, Todd proposes to stay away from the city lights and tall trees. Audiences need to see the southeastern horizon clearly. The weather near Portland is expected to be sunny and cloudless until June 28th. This allows people to see the night sky unobstructed. All five planets are best seen about 1 hour and 45 minutes before sunrise.

According to Todd, a mobile phone camera mounted on a tripod and tuned to the proper settings may be able to take beautiful pictures of the planet. Otherwise, if you’re shooting with a DSLR camera, you’ll need a lens with a horizontal field of view of at least 12-14 mm with a horizontal field of view of 104 to 112 degrees to capture all the planets in the same frame.

It’s not uncommon for visible planets to line up, but it’s rare to see them all at the same time. These visible planets were last ordered in 2004. It will not be displayed like this until 2014.

“This will be discussed by everyone over the next few days,” Todd said. “This is pretty amazing.”

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