It's a good time for the space enthusiasts on planet Earth as 4 of our brightest neighbors are going to appear roughly in a row for the next one month.
These planets are - Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus. However, it is more about the perspective, the distance between them is still huge but it will appear to be less when seen from Earth.
Talking about this space phenomenon, Niruj Mohan Ramanujam, the head of the Science Communication, Public Outreach and Education (SCOPE), Indian Institute of Astrophysics, said:
the planets in order of position from east to west, that is, from the horizon upwards, are Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn. This is an excellent occasion for all of us to visually track the positions of these fast-moving planets every day, and appreciate the motivation of all ancient cultures to understand and predict their paths in the sky.
There's an interesting sky to see if you wake up before the Sun. Lined up on toward the eastern horizon are four planets in a row. The planets are so bright they can even be seen from the bright sky inside a city, like in this photo by Stan Honda https://t.co/HAeqpDoYEY pic.twitter.com/N0VuTXrilQ— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973b) April 20, 2022
Eventually, Saturn will leave on its path, but Jupiter and Mars will be very close on May 29, and Jupiter and Venus will appear in a row on May 1.
You'll have to be up early to spot them, though, which is not a big ask to be honest. They will grace the Earth's sky from 4 AM to dawn.
FARMER'S ALMANAC: Starting looking now before sunrise to see 4 planets in a row! Every morning, watch dazzling Venus and bright Jupiter draw nearer. The crescent Moon joins the party on the 24th thru 27th. Stay tuned! The big Venus-Jupiter conjunction takes place April 30 pic.twitter.com/Zwe2eb5HAm— 🐝 Bee Speech (@BeeSpeech) April 20, 2022
Speaking about why the planets look like they are in a row, Dr. Ramanujam said:
All the planets move around the Sun in very roughly the same plane, and therefore, their paths on the sky fall within a narrow band, around the ‘Ecliptic’. Because of this, we can see some planets apparently being close together in the sky from time to time.
All of the planets in a row this morning! Well five of them anyway! pic.twitter.com/6pEGeR75mE— Mike (@mmogdog) April 26, 2022
Five planets (four in a row.) pic.twitter.com/bqDZFPN2To— Marshall Ramsey (@MarshallRamsey) April 19, 2022
Today around 5.30 am. Taken by a neighbour. Four planets in a row pic.twitter.com/tjX9sP0Da8— Aparna M Sridhar (@AparnaMSridhar) April 17, 2022
I'd say there are few things more beautiful than this.