Five planets to align in rare celestial event on Friday

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align in a rare celestial event that will not be repeated until 2040

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — Editor’s Note: The above video is from June 13th

For the first time in 18 years, a rare group of planets will be visible in the night sky…no telescope needed!

In turn, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible to the naked eye. Mercury can be difficult to see because it appears so faint. However, as June progresses, the planet will become brighter as it rises above the horizon.

What makes this sighting so special is that this is one of the rare times when the planets are visible in their natural order from the Sun.

This event is not expected to take place before June 2040.

The best time to see this rare event seems to be June 24th Sky & Telescope Magazine. Mercury will be easy to see, making the planetary parade that much more enjoyable.

Also visible on the morning of June 24 will be a waning crescent moon that will appear between Venus and Mars.

According to scientists, the best time to look at the sky is about 45 minutes to an hour before sunrise.

If it’s cloudy, don’t fret! The event will be visible on the following mornings for about two weeks.

Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will still be visible most mornings in July, but the planets will continue to expand throughout the month.

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