On Saturday morning , Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are expected to line up in the sky, producing a breathtaking celestial picture for anyone who can see the five planets.
The five planets will line up in the night sky, as is correctly stated in many sources. However, the most of them ignore the reality that, except the most seasoned skywatchers, finding them will be challenging. According to EarthSky, two of the planets—Uranus and Neptune—will only be seen with the use of binoculars or a telescope.
How to see the five planet alignment in the night sky
According to New Scientist, it will be easiest to see the five planet alignment in the southern hemisphere of the earth. This is because skygazers will have extra time to look for the planets because it is presently winter in the southern hemisphere.
Visit a spot with minimal light pollution and a good view of the horizon that is not blocked by terrain or vegetation if you want to get the greatest glimpse of this unusual celestial alignment. In order to have enough time to observe all the planets until you can see Mercury, which will rise over the horizon last, it would be advisable to be there a few hours before sunrise.
According to EarthSky, Jupiter will be brilliant and should be the easiest to identify. It would be the brightest object in the area of the sky unless you were staring at a streetlight and should be low in the eastern sky. Compared to Jupiter, Saturn will be higher and further south. Since it will be in the constellation Capricornus, which has no stars brighter than the planet, it should also be rather simple to detect.
The only other planet that you would likely be able to see without a telescope is Mercury. A clear view of the horizon in the east and northeast would be necessary to find the first planet from the Sun. Though theoretically brighter than Saturn, it may become harder to see because it will be low in the sky as morning approaches and it starts to become brighter.
Among the five planets, Uranus will be the second-dimmest, and its proximity to the rising sun will be a drawback. Neptune will seem higher in the sky while being the least brilliant of the planets. It will be in the Pisces constellation. Try to carry a telescope or at least a set of binoculars because it may be very hard to see either Uranus or Neptune without some sort of optical help.