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Best day and time to see planets Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Mars line up near moon

Grab your binoculars and keep an eye to the sky this week for a chance to see a remarkable planetary hangout.
Five planets — Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Mars — will line up near the moon.
Two of the brighter planets – Mercury and Jupiter – will be noticeable near the horizon, while Venus is expected to shine higher in the sky.
Woman looking at night sky with amateur astronomical telescope.
The best day to spot the five planets – Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Mars – lined up is Tuesday, March 28, right after sunset (Adobe Stock)


The best day to catch the whole group is Tuesday evening, on March 28.
But the arrangement is likely to be visible on days either side of Tuesday too.
You’ll want to look to the western horizon right after sunset on Tuesday, NASA astronomer Bill Cooke said.
The planets will stretch from the horizon line to around halfway up the night sky.
But don’t be late: Mercury and Jupiter will quickly dip below the horizon around half an hour after sunset.
The five-planet spread can be seen from anywhere on Earth, as long as you have clear skies and a view of the west.
“That’s the beauty of these planetary alignments. It doesn’t take much,” Cooke said.
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Jupiter, Venus and Mars will all be pretty easy to see since they shine brightly, Cooke said.
Venus will be one of the brightest things in the sky, and Mars will be hanging out near the moon with a reddish glow.
Mercury and Uranus could be trickier to spot, since they will be dimmer.
You’ll probably need to grab a pair of binoculars.
If you’re a “planet collector,” it’s a rare chance to spot Uranus, which usually isn’t visible, Cooke said.
Look out for its green glow just above Venus.
Jupiter, Mercury and Mars sit above the Sydney Opera House in 2011.
Jupiter, Mercury and Mars sit above the Sydney Opera House in 2011. (Brendan Esposito / SMH)


Different numbers and groups of planets line up in the sky from time to time.
There was a five-planet lineup last summer and there’s another one in June, with a slightly different makeup.
This kind of alignment happens when the planets’ orbits line them up on one side of the sun from Earth’s perspective, Cooke said.
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