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Five brightest planets are lining up

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | S V KRISHNA CHAITANYA
Published Feb 3, 2016, 5:47 am IST
Updated Feb 3, 2016, 5:47 am IST
Look up for rare celestial event that occurs once in 10 years.
Identify all the planets with its brightness and altitude, after sun and moon. Venus is the third brightest object in the sky above the horizon in the southeast direction.
 Identify all the planets with its brightness and altitude, after sun and moon. Venus is the third brightest object in the sky above the horizon in the southeast direction.

Chennai: Sky watchers look up. A rare celestial event is occurring after 10 years. The five brightest planets in our solar system – Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter – are lining up in order, making it easier to locate them together with the naked eye.

The best time to witness the astronomic show is the pre-dawn hours of February 3-10.  A. Prabhakaran, astronomy educator with Space Technology and Education Pvt. Ltd (SPACE), told DC  they are popularising about the important astronomic  event among school children.

 

“Not many people have seen all five planets with naked eye, even most of them may not know whether it can be seen with naked eye or not.”

Generally, all these five planets are visible at different times of the night, but it is rare to appear together. All can be seen with naked eye but Uranus and Neptune are only visible with telescopes”.

He said the last time all five visible planets appeared together was over 10 years ago (mid-December 2004 and mid-January 2005) if you miss it, your next opportunity will be  2020.

The expert also explained that to identify the planets among stars, people should watch out for the twinkle.

“Planets just look like a star in the sky but the difference is they mostly don’t twinkle like stars do”, he said.

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