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How To Watch The Best Five-Planet Alignment Since 1864 Happening This Week

You'll have to wake up early, but it will be worth it.

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Dr. Alfredo Carpineti

Senior Staff Writer & Space Correspondent

clockJun 24 2022, 10:30 UTC
Mercury and Venus (right) visible close together in the predawn sky. Image Credit: PicPolPhoto/Shutterstock.com
Mercury and Venus (right) visible close together in the predawn sky. Image Credit: PicPolPhoto/Shutterstock.com

Look at the Eastern sky tomorrow, an hour before dawn, and you will see five planets visible to the naked eye in a lovely line. That’s not all: they will be in order from the closest to the furthest from the Sun. We start with Mercury, at its longest west elongation these days, followed by Venus, then there’s the crescent Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and almost to the South, Saturn.

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If this wonderful display is not enough, pick up a telescope and you can see Uranus just between the Moon and Mars, and Neptune just to the right of Jupiter. That’s right – all seven other planets will be in a lovely procession across the sky. These sorts of group alignments, which delight lovers of the night sky, tend to only happen once every few decades.

How the alignment going to look like tomorrow morning. Image Credit: The Sky Live
How the alignment going to look like tomorrow morning. Image Credit: The Sky Live


An alignment with all the planets visible to the naked eye in the right order, plus the Moon, has not been since March 5, 1864. So if you have the chance, get watching.


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