Rare Five Planet Alignment Will Take Over The Night Sky This Month
Keep your eye on the sky this month. Beginning on Friday (6/10), the five planets of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will all be aligned in planetary order. ABC11 says this rare phenomenon has not occurred since December 2004.
You’ll need binoculars along with a clear view of the eastern horizon to spot Mercury later this week. Then, as the month goes on, Mercury will become brighter and easier to see.
Scientists say the rest of the planets should be consistently visible to the naked eye. You’ll also need to set your alarm for an early morning wakeup call because the best shot to see the spectacular sight is in the 30 minutes before sunrise.
Spectators in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to see the celestial event on the eastern to the southeastern horizon. If the sky is blocked with clouds, don’t worry! This alignment will be visible throughout multiple days in June so try another day when you have a clearer sky to look into.
On June 24th, the five planets will be aligned along with the waning crescent moon. It will be positioned between Venus and Mars.
If you aren’t able to see the alignment this month, the next time this celestial event will occur is in 2040.