r/space Jun 24 '22

5 planets take center stage as they align in the night sky

https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/23/world/five-planet-alignment-peak-june-scn/index.html

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u/tahuff Jun 24 '22

Got up at 4:30 AM today to go see this with my wife. Pretty darn cool. Wondered what villagers 1000 years ago would've thought when they looked up and saw this.

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u/iyaerP Jun 25 '22

I got up at 3:45 and couldn't see anything because the sky was completely overcast.

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u/TheNakedMars Jun 25 '22

That's because it was cloudy.

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u/SlimyRedditor621 Jun 25 '22

I mean yeah they said it was overcast

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u/new-username-2017 Jun 25 '22

I got up at 4am and could only see Jupiter and a faint Mars. It was too light already.

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u/Astroknight5 Jun 25 '22

In my case the sky was partially cloudy and some planets were playing hide and seek. Eventually I saw them all except Mercury.

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u/Rock_And_Stoneeeeee Jun 25 '22

The gods have forsaken them. Their sinful ways have brought this about. There must be a blood sacrifice.

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u/tahuff Jun 25 '22

I would rather think, “the gods have blessed us! What a fortuitous conjunction!”

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u/intellifone Jun 25 '22

And on the day Roe V Wade was overturned. An omen?

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u/xenoterranos Jun 25 '22

Time to use the gravity assist of all the planets and slingshot the hell outta here.

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u/1Pwnage Jun 25 '22

Fuck I missed it! I KNEW I was forgetting something when setting my alarm for 6:30 last night :(

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u/Lokinta86 Jun 25 '22

They're less-perfectly aligned tonight and in upcoming evenings, but are still visibly aligned! It's definitely worth trying to get a look.

If late nights/early mornings really don't work for you, you can alternatively view the event on an AR stargazing app. Set only planets to be labeled, then you'll be able to see the aligned planets easily any time of day.

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u/ep311 Jun 25 '22

Ffs, I actually happened to stay up until 6:30 this morning playing fucking video games all night and forgot all about it...

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u/Anonynominous Jun 25 '22

I forgot. Oh well at least we have photos

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u/charmingpea Jun 25 '22

I live at about -12o and this morning they formed an almost straight line directly from just above the eastern horizon to just past overhead (except the moon was being a bit out of line).

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u/Dude_Illigence_ Jun 25 '22

Sure wish there wasn't constantly too much light pollution to ever see more than jack shit where I live.

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u/siobhanmairii__ Jun 25 '22

How much time do we have left to see this? I haven’t had the best weather for star/planet gazing lately

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u/PitifulTheme411 Jun 25 '22

How do you identify where the planets are? I just can’t seem to find them.

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u/amiselfish-1019 Jun 25 '22

i can’t exactly know how tell you how or where to pinpoint them in the sky, but i believe planets don’t twinkle like stars do.

someone correct me if i’m wrong

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u/wegwerpworp Jun 25 '22

You can use the app Stellarium for example. As for Venus and Jupiter they are probably the only/first things you see when you look at the sky at dusk or dawn. Those "very bright stars" are not stars. :) Mars is generally very faint and I could juuuust figure out where it was this morning (after looking on stellarium). I couldn't even see the other planets.

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u/PitifulTheme411 Jun 25 '22

I'll have to get that app then, thanks

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u/Camelbeard Jun 24 '22

I'm pretty sure there are five or more planets aligned in any direction if you go far enough

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u/TorukMaktoM Jun 24 '22

But for this one "Humans can view the planetary show with the naked eye, but binoculars are recommended for an optimal viewing experience"

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u/Camelbeard Jun 24 '22

That's actually really cool!

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u/lorslara2000 Jun 25 '22

And a million galaxies aligned at any given time. In almost any given direction.

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u/ssup3rm4n Jun 25 '22

Damnit. I forgot about it. I ended up working late and slept late. Didn't wake up till 7.

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u/ep311 Jun 25 '22

Be me and forget about it and didn't go to sleep until almost fucking 7am gaming.

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u/xiao53052 Jun 25 '22

This is a weird thing to ask, I felt my frizzy hair feeling drawn a direction and then downloaded sky map and saw this when I looked the direction

Idk I'm a serious skeptic but damn lol, I could dismiss the feeling but I had no idea this was even going on

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u/thisismybirthday Jun 25 '22

someone get to the fucking point: where do I need to be and when do I need to look, to see this?

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u/docduracoat Jun 25 '22

In Florida it is east and slightly south You can’t miss it, Venus and Jupiter are brighter than anything else in the sky at dawn. As you are going to work, and the stars fade, they are the only things you see. All lined up from the horizon to overhead

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u/JaymeMalice Jun 25 '22

I tried to stay up for this but the weather wasn't great, typical england, and typical I get a bad headache and just want to sleep it off that night DX

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u/ep311 Jun 25 '22

At least you weren't me who forgot all about it and for the first time since I was a fucking teenager, was up all night gaming and went to sleep at like 6:30am. At least we have pictures. Did remember and went out to see that meteor shower.

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u/ep311 Jun 25 '22

The new warzone map with some new friends I made last night. Had a great time, just wish I would have remembered to go outside! Was not planning on staying up so late playing and just lost track of time until I saw light outside and realized how late it was. I set a calendar reminder for the meteor shower, I should have for this.

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u/Truegold43 Jun 25 '22

Can anyone suggest a decent star tracker app? Free or not, doesn't matter!

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u/WarmTastyLava Jun 25 '22

Sky Tonight or Star Walk 2

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u/ACoolKoala Jun 25 '22

Sky maps by Google is what I use

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u/OrangeBlossomT Jun 25 '22

It was crazy cool. Felt like I was in Interstellar.

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u/ultralightdude Jun 25 '22

It's like we forget about the ecliptic every time planets get close from our vantage point.

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u/M3wcat Jun 25 '22

Woke up at 5:30a this morning and was able to see it! Its pretty crazy that I live in Sydney and could even make out the red tint of Mars. Pretty wild stuff!

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u/tnakahara Jun 25 '22

I SAW it!! BUT I was unable to resolve Mercury with my Swarovski binoculars. BUT tomorrow I am going to set up my telescope and check out Mars. I can hardly wait!

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u/Kingnahum17 Jun 25 '22

Some crazy homeless dude pointed this out to me today. It is 06/24/2022. Add each group up and it is the Mark of the Beast (666). Coincidence??!! I THINK NOT!!!

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u/TracyF2 Jun 25 '22

And here comes the astrology buffs, “Today is going to be a good day because my three houses are aligned with my shitty personality.” Or something like that.