Five Planets to Align in the Sky on March 28, 2023 in Rare Celestial Event


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Chicago stargazers will have the chance to witness a rare celestial event on March 28, 2023, when five planets align in the night sky. Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus, and Mars will come together in a spectacular planetary alignment that will be visible to the naked eye.

The planets will appear in a small 50-degree sector of the sky, with Jupiter and Mercury being visible near the horizon, separated by about a degree. Venus will shine brightly in the constellation Aries, while Uranus will be visible nearby, shining at a magnitude of 5.8. Mars will join the alignment higher up in the sky, near the first quarter Moon in the constellation Gemini.

The alignment is expected to be visible several days before and after March 28, with astronomy apps like Sky Tonight being helpful for stargazers to identify and track the planets’ movements. The alignment occurs when several planets gather closely on one side of the Sun at the same time, forming a line that’s not perfectly straight when viewed from Earth.

For a chance to witness this rare event, stargazers are advised to mark their calendars for March 28, 2023, and find a good location with an unobstructed view of the sky. This is a must-see event for astronomy enthusiasts and anyone who loves to marvel at the beauty of the universe.


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