In a rare alignment of planets, a solar system spectacle is on offer

In a rare alignment of planets, a solar system spectacle is on offer ...

This month, a rare sight is expected to fill the sky, with five planets in the solar system hanging on, and its something we will not see again for another 20 years.

The ultimate feature about it is that you no longer need a telescope to see it.

The rare solar spectacle hasn''t been seen since 2004 and will not take place until 2040.

What is happening in the world, and how can you see it?

What is happening and how can I see it?

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn have all been connected to AccuWeather, so they will stay until the end of June.

However, seeing it might be difficult if youre not willing to stay up very late or get up very early.

Every morning, the planets are seen above the eastern horizon until the end of the month, and although a telescope isnt required, weather conditions might affect whether or not you will be able to see all five.

The best time to see them is around 45-60 minutes before the sun rises on a cloud-free day, and considering that the sun is rising before 5am these days, experts may not be concerned about setting an unusual alarm.

The point you should choose is if you want to get up early enough to see the five planets.

Things like trees and buildings might make your mind less aware of Mercury on the horizon.

If you see Venus first, Mercury will probably be easier to spot, which will be above it and to the right.

If you keep looking to the right and slightly higher each time, you should then be able to see the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Each planet will appear higher in the sky than the last, but this is what we learn from Earth, and in reality, they will be all organized up and spread far apart across the solar system than they may be.

Your best chance

The five planets will be visible throughout the second half of June, but there is not the perfect time to go.

The NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a vertical line of planets above the iconic Sydney Opera House, as seen five days ago. From top to bottom, the planets are Saturn, Mars, Venus, and Jupiter.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are all aligned on a rare basis:

The best time to see them will be three days after the summer solstice, which takes place at 5.13am EDT (10.13am in England) on Tuesday, June 21.

On Friday, June 24, the crescent moon is expected to fall in line with the planets, so photographers may wish to wait until that day to get the best possible shots.

When July comes to an end, the planets will start to space out again, with Mercury the first to depart from sight.

Over the course of July, you''ll still be able to see Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the sky, but they will be far more scattered.

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