Experts reveal planets could be visible in the sky in UK amid 'Planetary Parade'

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There may be a rare opportunity tomorrow (Monday, June 3) to see a large part of the solar system. Many of us may have caught a majestic glimpse of the aurora borealis (Northern lights), but now there’s the chance to spy six of the eight planets as part of the ‘planetary parade’.

Planetary parade is when the planets - which as we all know orbit the sun - reach a certain point at the same time, in the course of their orbit. So when we look at them from Earth, it looks as if they're lined up.

Should it go well, folk will cast their eyes on Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus. It should happen at around sunrise, however in some places the planets may be hard to see without proper equipment, according to Professor Danny Steeghs, of the University of Warwick.

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However in some places it may be hard to see without specialist equipment -Credit:Getty

He said: “Uranus and Neptune will be faint, so viewers will require good binoculars to see them.”

But “Mars and Saturn are the more accessible ones to view, you can see them ahead of the other planets rising and a bit higher in the sky.” Professor Steeghs added that apps could help you with where to look and when.

Dr Grant Kennedy, also of the University of Warwick, said: “We see the sun in both hemispheres and the planets are not too far from the sun, so southerners have similar chances of seeing the planets.”

We should be able to see some of the planets for a number of days in August and January too. He said: “There will be quite a few similar events over the next few years because the outer planets move quite slowly and Earth moves quite fast.”

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