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A celestial flush: Five planets to align so as in June


Devoted sky-gazers and curious early risers can catch an unusual planetary alignment within the dawn sky: Five planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn — in an arc across the Eastern sky, and so as of their distance from the Sun.

The last time the five planets were aligned in such a fashion was 2004, in keeping with a media release from the American Astronomical Society.

Those interested should look East a few half hour before Sunrise. Within the early a part of June, particularly 3-4 June, vivid Venus won’t be that far above the horizon, and tracing an elliptic arc to the Southeast will reveal red Mars quite near Jupiter, with Saturn further South on the tail end of the arc.

Mercury will probably be there within the early days of June, but so low to the horizon, you would possibly not see it with no very clear view to the horizon.

It may rise so late that it should appear faint against the glare of the rising Sun, so a pair of binoculars is perhaps mandatory, despite the very fact these five planets are sometimes called “naked eye planets” since they don’t require a telescope to view under ideal conditions.

As June progresses, Mercury will rise higher and brighter before sunrise, and Jupiter will separate from Mars as Saturn moves even further along the arc.

Possibly the very best date to catch the alignment will probably be 24 June, when a crescent Moon will probably be visible between Venus and Mars, a visual stand-in for Earth on this procession of the primary five planets out from the Sun.

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