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When is the best time to see 5 planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn – aligned



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For the first time in 18 years, astronomers will be treated to a feast in the night sky when five planets line up.

The same alignment of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will not happen again until 2040, so you might want to catch the five planet parade at its optimum at dawn tomorrow, Friday June 24.

They should appear very bright and therefore be visible from built up areas as well as rural locations.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in a rare alignment
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in a rare alignment

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible with the naked eye and if you're really into astronomy you will know that they will appear in the same order that they orbit the Sun.

This phenomenon follows closely after the full strawberry Super Moon which star gazers were treated to recently.

You'll need to get up early on Friday to make the most of this opportunity. The best time to see the alignment will be between 3.39am and sunrise at 4.43am on Friday, June 24.



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