A ‘planetary break’ of 5 planets is June’s big vision

The rare alignment of five naked-eye planets will begin to “break apart” as they appear to grow farther and farther apart in the morning sky.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn came together in the pre-dawn sky from the southeast of this month, offering a special treat for skywatchers. The five planets appear to form an arc in the sky, all in a row, with Mercury very close to the horizon. This is the first time since December 2004 that the five planets appear together above the horizon.

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