The unusual astronomical event will not occur again for another 17 years.
Sky watchers, mark your calendars. A parade of five planets will take over the sky for a final time until 2040.
A five-planet parade will take place tonight when Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter, Uranus, and Mercury align just hours before the new moon, followed by the Northern Hemisphere’s summer solstice on June 21.
The rare planetary alignment will be visible about an hour before sunrise, and Neptune and Uranus will be difficult to spot. The best day to see the five planets align is June 17/18; however, the planets may be visible several days before and after June 17 in some locations.
To see the planetary alignment, find a spot in the dark sky that is free of light pollution and has a clear view of the horizon, which means no trees or tall buildings in the way. Because Mercury will be close to the horizon and two other planets, Uranus and Neptune, will be dim, it is critical to observe the planetary alignment on June 17.
The new moon will occur on June 18 at 12:37 a.m. ET or 06:37 a.m. CET, following the planet parade later that day or during the first hour of the next day.
According to NASA, the new moon is the “invisible phase of the moon,” because the illuminated side of the moon is facing away from Earth, toward the sun.
The new moon is an excellent time in astrology to set a new intention. Setting intentions is the act of stating what you want to achieve with your actions. The Gemini new moon on June 18 brings the sun and moon together at 26 degrees to set a new intention for communications, thinking, daily tasks, projects, ideas, and any Gemini-ruled themes and archetypes that come to your attention as the Gemini season winds down.
A few days after the planet parade and new moon, the Northern Hemisphere will experience the summer solstice. The astrological summer season officially begins on June 21, when the day marks the longest day and shortest night of the calendar year, with each day becoming a little shorter as we approach the fall and winter months.
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