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It is a rare sight that can only be seen once every 18 years.
During June of this year, it will be possible to enjoy with the naked eye the alignment of five planets in the sky: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
They are Earth’s closest neighbors and to observe them you don’t need to use a telescope or binoculars, but you will It will be necessary to get up half an hour before sunrise and have a clear sky.
Although the viewing quality will be better in rural areas – which tend to have darker skies – the show can be enjoyed without any problem from the cities.
Of the group of five planets, Mercury is usually the most difficult to estimate due to its proximity to the Sun, from which it will move gradually during June, making it easier to observe.
According to experts, The best day to see this pairing will happen on June 24when Mercury is farthest from the sun and is visible even an hour before sunrise.
In addition, on June 23, the moon will be located in the sky between Venus and Mars – only in the place that corresponds to the Earth – so it will be possible to admire six celestial bodies in the sky.
The last time this conjunction of five planets occurred was in December 2004 And it will repeat again in 2040, so it is better not to miss this opportunity.
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