Summer has officially begun and is one of the best times of the year to star-gaze and explore the magnificence of our solar system. In fact, the month of June is the ideal opportunity to see all five planets aligned together in the night sky in what is referred to as the “Planet Parade”.
Astro-events are fun memories to experience in your lifetime, even more so when you can share them with the kids or students in your life This one in particular requires no special equipment or gear to witness, just your eyes. According to Forbes.com, the best way to see the “Planet Parade” is to get up on the weekend before sunrise and cast your eyes to the southeastern horizon, especially on the weekend of June 24th. You’ll be able to see Mercury closest to the horizon followed by Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Recap the Solar System with your kids using our library of videos to learn about the structure of different planets, the history of human interest in the Solar system, and the strides we are taking to become better acquainted with our universe. Start with this introduction video
Then, continue your journey beyond our solar system here
Whether you get the chance to observe this “Planet Parade” or another exciting solar event, gaining knowledge about the solar system is more important than ever. It helps us appreciate the Earth. It gives us incentives to preserve and respect our natural resources. Plus, it helps us answer some of the biggest questions of our day and age.
Enjoy the summer stars (and planets)!