A ‘planetary breakup’ of 5 planets is June’s big stargazing sight

The rare alignment of five naked-eye planets will begin to “break up” as they appear to grow increasingly distant from one another in the morning sky.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn joined up in the southeastern predawn sky this month, offering a special treat for skywatchers. The five planets appear to arc across the sky all in a row, with Mercury lying very close to the horizon. This is the first time since December 2004 that the five planets have appeared together in view above the horizon.

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