Four planets have aligned for the first time in 1000 years

Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, have aligned to bring us a Planet Parade. Make sure to get up early to avoid missing out on this spectacular view!

This weekend, be prepared to wake up in the early hours of the morning to take in the spectacular view of not one, not two… but, FOUR planets aligning at the same time.

This epic celestial event will be one of the rarest you’ll ever get to see in your lifetime. The last time this happened was over a thousand years ago, way back in 947 AD. What’s more, you’ll be able to see it through the naked eye – no binoculars necessary.

In the words of the The Fates from Disney’s Hercules: The planets have aligned ever so nicely.

Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn have aligned, putting on an absolutely magnificent show for us all to take in. The moon has also made an appearance, with the planets all aligning behind it. The view will not be one you want to miss!

Although the alignment peaked earlier this week in the southern hemisphere, the alignments are continuing to move to give us an extraordinary view of the night sky.

The event is popularly referred to as a ‘Planet Parade’, and this weekend’s parade will be the third type of its kind to date. The Parade has been the hot topic of discussion for astronomers over the past week, and it will be just as exciting for us to watch in awe.

Be sure to keep your eye on the sky this weekend. Astronomers urge that the best viewing time to see the Planet Parade is approximately one hour before the sun rises. It’s definitely worth getting up a bit early for this one!

The conjunction can be seen by looking east or toward the sunrise.

If you don’t have the chance to have a look this weekend, hope is not lost, there will be another alignment of planets in June with Mercury joining the crew.

For more information on the spectacular astronomical event, click here.

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