A “planetary burst” of 5 planets is June’s big stargazing spectacle

The rare naked-eye alignment of five planets will begin to “break apart” as they appear to drift further and further apart in the morning sky.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn joined together in the predawn southeastern sky this month, providing a special treat for skywatchers. The five planets appear to form an arc in the sky, all aligned, with Mercury very close to the horizon. It is the first time since December 2004 that the five planets appear together above the horizon.

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