The night sky is full of captivating phenomena, and in late March, five planets will align beneath the moon to create a spectacular display. This planetary parade or alignment can be seen with the naked eye even in urban areas with light pollution and is visible in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Here’s what you need to know about this awe-inspiring event.

On Tuesday evening after sunset, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus will line up beneath the crescent moon for a planetary alignment that won’t be seen again for a few years. Much of the arrangement will become visible on Friday and remain so over the next couple of weeks.

To spot it from your location, head out to a place with an unobstructed view of the western horizon just after sunset when streaks of color still linger in the dark blue sky but before it turns to black. Those living far north should look slightly southwest while those in the southern hemisphere should gaze northwest.

Venus is often referred to as “the evening star” as it’s one of the brightest objects in the night sky apart from the moon. It will appear along with Uranus just above the horizon – though without binoculars or a telescope you may struggle to pick out this distant planet if you live somewhere particularly polluted by light sources like streetlights or houses etc. Just underneath them will sit Jupiter and Mercury which may also require some special equipment due to their closeness to the sun’s glare – although they’ll still be visible for around 20-30 minutes post sunset if you’re quick! Mars tops off this celestial necklace as it sits usually above all other planets across the night sky – its orange hue making it an easier spot than some others!

This remarkable sight covers approximately 70 degrees across the night sky and all these amazing planets are within half a degree of each other! But don’t assign too much importance to this event – Hummels likens such alignments more so something like when your car odometer hits certain numbers “It’s cool & unusual” he says “it just doesn’t really mean anything”.

Fascinating events like these happen often enough too – last June saw an alignment that included all five planets that can typically be spotted without aid (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) while October 14th, 2020 sees another amazing show; ‘Ring Of Fire’ eclipse! April 2024 brings yet another treat: a total solar eclipse blotting out the sun midday across the US.