MEXICO CITY (proceso.com.mx).- The Moon and the planet Venus align this Sunday, June 26, and it will be visible from Mexico, around 3:30 in the morning.
It is important to understand that it will only be visible from spaces where pollution does not block the view. And it should be observed from the East.
However, if you cannot see this phenomenon at night, it can also be seen during the first hours of dawn.
From June 17 to June 27, you will see a planetary alignment that has been visible throughout the month, but will not happen again until 2040, and the last time it happened was in 2004.
These days, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have been aligned from left to right in the sky, but it was the 24th that was special because the crescent Moon was placed between Venus and Mars, taking up the space that Earth has, he pointed out. Xataca.
According to Sky&Telescope, Mercury would rise about an hour before the Sun, so there would be enough time to see the entire lineup before it was so bright as to make observation difficult.
In the case of Mexico, the best time to see the alignment on June 24 was at 5:36 a.m. Central Time, when all the planets aligned. The first to appear was Saturn, which had been in the sky since 11:36 pm on Thursday, and was made brighter by its rings.
Jupiter then rose at 1:49 am and then Mars at 2:39 am, which had a yellow and orange hue. The penultimate to join was Venus at 4:55 a.m. and was the brightest in the lineup, and lastly Mercury appeared, which joined at 5:36 a.m. and remained visible until the Sun hid all the planets in the sky. .
Xataca indicated that it is not unusual to see two or three planets in the sky, but sightings of more planets simultaneously are rare, since, due to the orientation and inclination of their orbits, the eight planets of the Solar System can never line up perfectly.
The last time they appeared in the same part of the sky was in 949 and they will not do so again until May 2492. What can be seen, approximately every half century, is how the brightest planets take positions in the night sky , giving the impression of being in a kind of straight line.
As in other observations, it is recommended to locate yourself in a dark place away from city lights or any other source of lighting and wait for our eyes to adapt to the dark, in addition to equipping yourself with clothing suitable for the local climate. .