March 21, 2023: Five planets in one line? Which all? Continue reading to know more.
Good news for sky-gazers! The last week of March might have something special in store for you!
Five planets, including our Moon, would become visible in the form of an arc on March 28, if not exactly a straight line.
Other than our Moon, the arc would consist of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus, and they would become visible after sunset.
Venus would pop out as the brightest planet of the arc, towards the upper left of Jupiter and Mercury. Jupiter will appear brighter than Mercury. Due to its dazzling nature, Venus would even be visible to the naked eye on March 28. Uranus will appear the faintest, very close to Venus, and might require extra-visual aids. Mars will also have a noticeable hue difference and appear high up the sky.
On March 1, Venus and Jupiter had come together in conjunction, as they inched closer and closer towards each other throughout February.
The planets orbit around the solar system in approximately the same plane, and therefore, often share similar paths across the sky. This leads to the planets to often come together in conjunction.