Rare 5-planet alignment takes over night sky on June 24

The five planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, will move into alignment for the first time since December 2004. While the five so-called “naked-eye planets” were visible beginning on June 3 and 4, they will be even easier to see on June 24!

Even if it’s cloudy, the planets should still be visible on the days leading up to June 24. The best time to see the lineup on June 24 is forty-five minutes before sunrise. In South Jersey, sunrise is at 5:30 a.m., which means you’ll need to get up early and be outside between 4:30 to 4:45 a.m. to experience this magnificent view!

Four of the naked-eye planets have been lining up for the past few months. However, by August, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus will be spread out — and by September, Venus and Saturn will no longer be visible to observers.

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