Which planets are aligned tonight? Planetary parade - how to see it and the best time explained

It's the last time you'll be able to see the sky spectacular until 2040

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As Pluto enters Aquarius - which in itself is a rarity as it takes 248 years for the planet just to orbit the sun - its got stargazers asking Which Planets are aligned tonight? As we look at all you need to know about the planetary alignment.

Pluto has been in the star sign Capricorn since 2008 and it's about to make a transition. And if you're wondering what it might mean for you, according to TikTok user, The Pattern , which has 67.I1K followers, it represents "death, rebirth and transformation" - it is said to "reveal the shadow in whatever it touches". Its explanation has been viewed by 2.2m users.

Since its last alignment in 2008 it shed light on the financial collapse and its imminent transition to Aquarius is expected to bring "consciousness" and "revolutionary energy" with i.

Pluto is expected to remain in Aquarius until 11th June before retrograding back over the year before it ends in Aquarius 2024 where it will stay for a further two decades.

A we look at all you need to know about the planetary alignment...

Which Planets are aligned tonight? 

The planets Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Uranus, Venus all line up for the last time until 2040, and the Moon is also close by. Master astrologer Lesley Francis, author of Llwellyn's 2020 Sun Sign book: Horoscopes for Everyone, explained to Goodto.com, "This rare planetary alignment of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus is not just an astronomical event. It is a visual symbol that speaks to us on deep, energetic levels. And there is something to be gleaned from it astrologically, especially when you add a very potent Moon to the mix. The Moon is the both the glue and the translator for this powerful event."

She continued, “It really is quite the astrological soup. The Moon is feelings and habits, Mercury is communication, Venus is values and relationships, Mars is action, Jupiter is expansion, and Uranus is change and upheaval."

The spectacular event, which Nasa has described as a planetary parade, won't take place again for another 17 years. But what is rare is that Uranus will be seen, and this planet isn’t usually visible, NASA astronomer Bill Cooke told the AP.

Prior to this one, the last five planet alignment was visible in June 2022.


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How to see the Planetary parade

You have the best chance of seeing the planetary parade if you go outside at sunset, right after the sun goes down. Mr Cooke added, "Look west, you'll see these planets strung out in a line extending about 50 degrees or so."

The Lowell Observatory in Arizona advised, "Jupiter, Venus, and Mars will be easy to spot, as they shine very brightly. Mars will be located closest to the Moon, distinguishable by its reddish glow, and Venus will be one of the brightest objects in the sky.

They added, “Mercury and Uranus will be a bit more difficult to spot, so this will be a great time to use binoculars or a telescope if you have them on hand. If not, you will be able to see them with your unaided eye if you look closely and eliminate any unnecessary light sources in your viewing area.”

One stargazer urged, "Be sure to get out and look up over the next two nights - you don’t want to miss this!"

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When is the best time to see the Planetary parade?

The best time to see the astronomical phenomenon was just after sunset on 28 March, with both Mercury and Jupiter set to disappear from view within an hour of the Sun going down. But the alignment is expected to remain in the sky for a few weeks yet, according to astronomy website and app Star Walk.

It will be possible to view the alignment from anywhere on Earth, so long as the weather is clear, there is not too much light pollution, and the view of the western sky is unobstructed.

So check out the sunset times near you and these can be noted by visiting Timeanddate.com's sun calculator.

What does the Planetary parade mean for you?

Astrologer Lesley Francis advises what the Planetary parade means for you. She said, "If you’ve been feeling up and down, pushed to the limit, cranky, anxious or looking for an escape hatch, you are well and truly feeling the power represented by the ongoing conversation between these five planets. 

She went on to explain how the Moon just "amplifies it" and this in turn challenges you to "create a new form of security based on a fundamental restructuring of your personal foundation."

She added, "Sounds a bit paradoxical, right? Well, that is the essence of life. Always working to integrate things that seem to be polar opposites. The key is to understand that security comes from within. Something the Moon is always inviting us to know."

 She warned, "Take heart. You don’t need to figure this all out in the next 24 hours. Consider this alignment be a call to action. From within to start out. So, whether you take time to actually look up to see this alignment or not, it will resonate with you and invite you to take yourself outside the known."   

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Selina Maycock
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Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)