Jordanian skies to witness once-in-a-lifetime planetary alignment on June 3

Jordan

Published: 2024-05-29 12:48

Last Updated: 2024-06-24 10:22


Illustrative photo.
Illustrative photo.

Astronomer Imad Mujahid, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, announced on Wednesday that the skies of Jordan and all Arab countries are set to witness a rare astronomical event at the beginning of June: Six planets and the moon will align on June 3, in a phenomenon that a person might only see once in a lifetime.

The planets that will align are Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and the moon.

He added that the best time to observe the phenomenon, whether with the naked eye or through a telescope, will be in the early morning hours, just before sunrise, when all the mentioned planets will be visible in the sky.

Mujahid clarified that the alignment of the planets with the moon in a straight line is a natural but rare astronomical phenomenon. He emphasized that it has no impact on people's lives or the occurrence of earthquakes, volcanoes, and disasters, as some astrologers claim.

The planets are too far from Earth for their gravitational pull to have any significant effect, so he urged people not to believe in or follow the predictions and misinformation spread by some irresponsible social media channels and media outlets.