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Rare phenomenon will see every planet in our solar system be visible in the night's sky tonight

Rachel Lang

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Rare phenomenon will see every planet in our solar system be visible in the night's sky tonight

We've all heard the phrase 'when the stars align', but what would happen when all of the planets align?

No, Paris Hilton will not drop a new album. Or at least we don't think she will.

But what we are sure about is that tonight you can find out because all other planets in our solar system will be visible in the night sky.

So ditch your phone, switch off Netflix and grab some popcorn and a telescope (or go buy one) because this is sure to be spectacular.

The planets. Credit: Naeblys / Alamy
The planets. Credit: Naeblys / Alamy

You should be able to spot them from the southwestern horizon track eastward to see the five celestial beauties.

If you are lucky enough to have a telescope - or if you borrowed one from a mate who wasn't up to date with the sky's schedule - you can see the rest of the planets in our solar system.

Binoculars could work as well, however they're a bit creepy so you might look like a space pervert.

Anyway, that's how you can get up close and personal with Uranus.

You'll find it sitting between Saturn and Jupiter. Neat, huh?

Oh and the moon will be visible, too. But we're over that guy because he's old news.

The rare occurrence is an exciting one for stargazers, with Virtual Telescope Project astronomer Gianluca Masi encouraging people to get out there to have a gander.

"These nights, we can see all the planets of our solar system at a glance, soon after sunset," he told Newsweek.

"It happens from time to time, but it is always a spectacular sight."

He also encouraged those with binoculars or telescopes to not miss the biggest show to come to the night's sky in months.

Look, it's Uranus. Credit: Science Photo Library / Alamy
Look, it's Uranus. Credit: Science Photo Library / Alamy

Masi added: "This way, we can see the entire planetary family."

Or, if you'd rather stay indoors, you can watch a livestream on YouTube of the celestial wonder from The Virtual Telescope Project from 3am AEDT.

Make sure you don't miss out, because it is the first time the planetary parade has been seen since June, as per the Daily Mail.

In June, the five planets visible to the naked eye were able to be spotted in order from the sun, which is an occurrence that had not happened for 18 years.

It'll also be your last chance to see Mercury for a while, as the planet will fade out of sight in the coming days.

Featured Image Credit: Olekcii Mach / Alamy. Rachid Dahnoun / Alamy.

Topics: News, Science, Space, Weird

Rachel Lang
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