A rare alignment in the night sky will happen again this week. Here’s how to catch a glimpse

Don’t forget to look up this week to see a rare alignment in the night sky.The waning crescent moon will be in alignment between Venus and Mars on Friday.Throughout the month of June, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn — in that order — have aligned in the sky and have been visible with the naked eye or binoculars. This rare phenomenon has not occurred since December 2004, and this year, the distance between Mercury and Saturn will be smaller, according to Sky & Telescope.Mercury has gotten higher and brightened throughout the month, making it easier to see, according to Diana Hannikainen, observing editor of Sky & Telescope.The moon’s appearance in the alignment can be viewed in the hour before sunrise. By the next day, the moon will have continued its orbit around the Earth, moving it out of alignment with the planets, she said.

Don’t forget to look up this week to see a rare alignment in the night sky.

The waning crescent moon will be in alignment between Venus and Mars on Friday.

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Throughout the month of June, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn — in that order — have aligned in the sky and have been visible with the naked eye or binoculars.

This rare phenomenon has not occurred since December 2004, and this year, the distance between Mercury and Saturn will be smaller, according to Sky & Telescope.

Mercury has gotten higher and brightened throughout the month, making it easier to see, according to Diana Hannikainen, observing editor of Sky & Telescope.

The moon’s appearance in the alignment can be viewed in the hour before sunrise.

By the next day, the moon will have continued its orbit around the Earth, moving it out of alignment with the planets, she said.

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