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Skygazers in Hyderabad anticipate ‘parade of planets’ on June 3

The celestial event involves six planets – Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus, Mars, Neptune, and Saturn, appearing to align in the sky near dawn.

Updated On – 2 June 2024, 06:44 PM


Skygazers in Hyderabad anticipate ‘parade of planets’ on June 3

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Hyderabad: Skygazers in the city are eagerly anticipating the much-hyped ‘parade of planets’ on June 3.

The celestial event involves six planets – Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus, Mars, Neptune, and Saturn, appearing to align in the sky near dawn.


However, city planetary experts point out that viewing the complete alignment may be challenging due to the rising Sun and the moon’s presence.

Only three of these—Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter—will be visible to the naked eye, says N Raghunandan Kumar, Director of the Planetary Society, India, “You’ll be able to see Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. If you have binoculars and know where to look, you might spot Uranus.”

The Sun will be illuminating the sky in that area. It’s just before sunrise, but it will still be very bright. “You probably don’t want to point binoculars near the Sun,” Kumar says.

About an hour before sunrise could be the best time to see the show in Hyderabad.

“By 4:15 am, both Saturn and Mars will be visible above the horizon in the eastern sky, appearing like non-twinkling star-like objects. For those eager to see Jupiter, it’s best to observe it under expert supervision at a planetarium or with amateur astronomers’ telescopes,” he says. For those hoping to see Uranus and Neptune, a telescope would be useful.

However, Kumar noted that to see these distant planets, one must zoom in significantly, which reduces the field of view and makes it hard to see the alignment of the other planets.

Further, Mars and Saturn will be visible throughout the year, with several more celestial events involving these planets occurring in the coming years.

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