Earth will be graced with a springtime planetary parade of five planets throughout April 2022. Astronomers will have multiple chances to spot Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus in the sky. It’s an inspiring time for budding astronomers to get a great look at some of our solar system’s inhabitants.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen planets like Venus visible from the Earth. It is, however, a welcome event that budding astronomers will want to take advantage of. You’ll even be able to witness many of the events with just the naked eye, or at the most, a set of binoculars.
How to view the start of April’s planetary parade
Around that same time, you’ll be able to catch sight of Mars and Saturn, too. Sky at Night Magazine says to look to the southwest of Venus in the twilight to see both Mars and Saturn, shining at +1.1 and +0.9 magnitude respectively. As the morning grows, though, expect the planetary parade to shift as Venus moves eastward.
As we continue into the month, you’ll be able to catch a 6-percent illuminated waxing crescent Moon close to Uranus. Look to the sky on April 3 and you should spot the planet roughly 1.1-degrees from the Moon’s center. A few days later, on April 5, Mars and Saturn will appear roughly 19 arcseconds apart from each other. Venus will also appear around seven degrees to the northeast.
Sky at Night Magazine recommends holding your hand at arm’s length and then using your three middle fingers to measure five degrees. It’s not the most accurate measuring, but it should help you get a better bead on the planetary parade that graves our sky throughout April…Read more>>