The planets are aligning – and you can see it with the naked eye!
Washington DC - The US is in for a treat early on Friday morning, as five planets will line up in a rare occurrence, and can be seen without a special telescope!
According to Sky & Telescope, five planets will line up for your viewing pleasure in the wee hours of the morning. And if you get up 45 minutes before sunrise on June 24, you can see them perfectly aligned.
But it gets even cooler, because they are also appearing in organized style, in their natural order relative to the sun. So if you look at the glow on the horizon and track the line of planets, Mercury will be closest to the sun, and Saturn farthest away – just like they are in our solar system.
You'll have to be fast to see them all though, because Mercury typically ends up getting hidden by the glare of the rising sun.
The planets will be in conjunction
While this isn't a once in a lifetime event, it is pretty rare for five planets to show up and get in line for you to admire.
The last time the five naked-eye planets were all visible was in December 2004. The next time you'll be able to see them all strung out in a row will be 40 years from now.
Now for most people, there won't be much changing with the planets lining up. But some underworld rulers out there – like say, Hades – might be making power moves on Olympus right about now.
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