An alignment of two or three planets is a rather common event, but an array of five planets is quite rare. This is exactly what is going to happen in June 2022 – five planets are going to come together in an alignment, positioned in their original order from the Sun. This spectacular astronomical event is known as a planetary parade.
Planetary Parade or Planet Parade isn’t an official scientific term, but it is extensively used in astronomy to represent an event where planets of the Solar System gather together in a row, in their actual position in the sky, as seen by observers from Earth. However, it is not quite simple to define this phenomenon, but there are three most commonly used definitions available:
Planets never line up in a precise straight line. When you see a two-dimensional plot of the planets and their orbits on a paper, then you realize that all planets in the Solar System will circle around the same line. Planets are never positioned in the same place; they swing in different orbits in three-dimensional space. This is the reason that they are never aligned perfectly. Even if astronomers use ’planetary alignment’ they don’t mean literal alignment, they just mean to say that some of the planets in our Solar System are in the same region of the sky.
Throughout June, before the sun rises, observers can see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn aligned together in that order – stretching in the sky from low in the east to high in the south. Mercury won’t be easily spotted. Earlier in the month, an unobstructed eastern horizon and binoculars will help observers spot Mercury. But as the month wears on, Mercury will climb higher and brighten which will make it easier for observers to see it, and thus, view the complete planetary alignment.
Planets participating in the June 2022 Parade in various Astrological Signs
Sun in Taurus
Mercury in Taurus
Venus in Aries
Mars in Pisces
Jupiter in Pisces
Saturn in Aquarius
A few types of Planetary Parades according to the number of participating planets are:
Sometimes, the arrangement of the planets in the sky resembles a queue, however, it is not so in all cases. Often, two or three planets create a line in the sky.
In addition, there are a lot more which depends on the viewpoint. When planets align on one side of the Sun, they aren’t in the same zone of the sky for the viewers from Earth. Vice Versa, once the planets are positioned in the same part of the sky from the viewpoint of Earth, they are not lined up necessarily from the viewpoint of the Sun.
Note: You can catch the parade early mornings. If, unfortunately, it is cloudy on these dates, you can still grab the opportunity to spot this incredible sight in all the mornings on the south-eastern horizon.
The Parade doesn’t have a significant astrological effect. But since it is well spread out across various signs, all areas of your life will play out in a similar manner.