Just recently, an unusual annular Eclipse of the Sun took place, and again astronomers report that the inhabitants of the mother Earth are waiting for another important astronomical phenomenon – a full parade of planets.
It will take place on July 4, when all the planets of the Solar system – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and even the dwarf planet Pluto – will line up in one row. From Earth, it will look like a chain of large bright stars located above the horizon.
The last such parade of planets took place in 1982, and the next one is not expected until 2161. So it’s worth keeping an eye on the astronomical app updates so that you don’t miss the exact time of the phenomenon in our region. We remind that it is better to observe the phenomenon outside the city, so that the bright light does not prevent you from enjoying the spectacle.
On the night of July 4, 2020, there will also be an eclipse of the Moon. However, it will only be visible in North America, South America and Africa.
Astronomers are waiting for both phenomena with impatience – on this day, a number of studies are planned to find out the influence of cosmic energy on earth’s processes. Astrologers are afraid of the upcoming parade of planets. However, against the background of other phenomena in 2020, they can be understood.
This year is generally rich in interesting astronomical events. On July 14 and 20, respectively, two largest planets in the Solar system – Jupiter and Saturn – will shine with all their might. The giants will reach their maximum brightness within a year and will be visible to the naked eye, and many more details of the celestial bodies will be visible through Amateur telescopes.
The scientific world is not afraid of fears and prophecies about the upcoming event, since there have been a huge number of different-scale planet parades in the entire history. Science persuades with facts – parades of planets cannot negatively affect the life of the Earth, its orbit and magnetic field.
Of course, it is not possible to see the lining-up of planets in a single row. As the scientific Director of the Moscow Planetarium, Faina Rubleva explained the July parade of planets will not be fully observed.
Saturn, Jupiter and Mars will be visible at night, and Venus in the morning. Uranus and Neptune are wide apart to be visible from this distance. Mercury is next to the Sun, so the star will eclipse it completely. However, the planets move slowly, so the unusual astronomical phenomenon will last during two weeks. But without special tools the inhabitants of the Earth will not be able to observe mega-entertainment.
Indeed, and in the scientific conception such a term as “parade of planets” does not exist. According to Faina Rubleva, this expression was invented by the mass media to attract attention to the astronomical phenomenon.