Five Planets Will Align During An Incredibly Rare Display

A UNIQUE phenomenon will be visible in the night skies for the first time in 20 years this month.

Skywatchers will be able to see five planets lining up side-by-side in the “parade of the planets”.

The parade will see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn aligning themselves.

The five planets will be visible on June 24, with viewing at its optimal peak

On June 24, the best viewing will be available for an hour slightly before sunrise, with Mercury becoming visible on the horizon shortly before the glare from the sun makes it invisible.

Experts have said the best time to see the alignment on June 24 is 45 minutes before sunrise, where it should be visible on the eastern horizon.

The last time the five naked-eye planets were strung across the horizon in sequence was in December 2004.

The agency has also formed a team of engineers to look into ways to mitigate effects of hits this scale in the future.


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