THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY
Enjoy Dawn Sky Parade Throughout June 2022
The dawn sky parade will occur throughout the month of June 2022. The public can see the alignment of several planets in our solar system, i.e Mercury, Venus, Uranus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. This configuration or the “Sky Parade” can be seen since the early hours of the morning, 4 June 2022.
Jakarta, 10 June 2022. Since the beginning of June, the public can witness the inline configuration of several planets in our solar system. These planets are Mercury, Venus, Uranus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Researcher from the Center for Space Research of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Andi Pangerang, said that this configuration or the “Sky Parade” can be seen since the early hours of 4 June 2022. The first configuration consists of the alignment of Mercury, Venus, Uranus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, from 4 to 15 June 2022.
Next, it is followed by a second configuration with the arrangement of planets Mercury, Venus, Uranus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon, from 16 to 27 June, 2022. Then the parade ends with a configuration with the same arrangement as the first, from 28 to 30 June 2022.
Andi explained that this configuration phenomenon can be witnessed for approximately 50 minutes according to the dawn time of each region, starting from the start of the astronomical dawn at a sun height of -18o or 75 minutes before sunrise (around 04.30 local time), until dawn, when the sun’s altitude is -6o or 25 minutes before sunrise (around 05.30 local time).
“From June 4 to 30, Mercury will have a brightness varying between +2.06 to -0.61. This indicates that Mercury will be getting brighter until the end of June. As for Venus, it varies between -3.94 to -3.89, which means it will be a little dimmer at the end of June,” explained Andi.
“Meanwhile, Uranus varies between +5.89 to +5.87, which means Uranus will be a bit brighter at the end of June, similar to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, which vary, respectively, between +0.57 to +0.47, -2.25 to -2.41, and +0.68 to +0.56,” explained Andi.
Andi further said that all of these phenomena can be witnessed without using optical aids, except for Uranus.
“This is because the brightness is greater by +4.7 than the maximum visual magnitude limit for urban areas, so a small telescope with a diameter of 10-25 cm is needed to be able to see Uranus,” he said.
Andi added that this phenomenon can be witnessed as long as the weather is quite bright, free from light pollution and the range of view is free from obstructions. In fact, for areas where light pollution is almost non-existent (the sky condition is absolutely clear), Uranus can be seen without using a telescope because its brightness is less than +6.5.