Even if you are not a big fan of astronomy, which is defined as the branch of science which deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole, you have to admit that looking up into the sky and being able to see a planet with the naked eye would be cool.   I saw the surface of the moon through a telescope and I can still remember how cool that was.  In a few weeks, you may be able to see 5 of them with your naked eye.

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Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible to the naked eye at the same time for the first time in 18 years. Making it even more special, the planets will appear in their natural order from the sun.

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It looks like June 24th will be the big day.  As long as you have a clear view of the sky, and no clouds are in the way, you should have a decent shot, according to Sky and Telescope.  Apparently the planet alignment can be viewed all this month, with Mercury being the toughest to see.

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Just before dawn on the 24th will be the best time.  That Friday morning, you may want to get up a little bit earlier.  Set your alarm.  Mercury will be on the low horizon.

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The next time these five planets will align in a similar fashion won’t be until the year 2040.

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So why not go to bed early the night before, make sure your coffee is brewed, and perhaps, get some binoculars or a telescope to get a closer look.

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You can also click HERE for a little more info.  It could be a breathtaking view.  Might be worth checking out.

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