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5 planets align in the night sky, visible from Eastern North Carolina

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"Pismo Beach California - Planets align" by Gordon-Shukwit is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

There is a very rare celestial event occurring this month that can be viewed from Eastern North Carolina, something that hasn’t been visible in 18 years. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will align in the sky in order of their distance from the Sun. The planets became visible on June 3rd while Mercury was the last to be visible on June 10th. Associate professor of Physics at East Carolina University Regina DeWitt says the planets are most visible in the East about an hour to a half an hour before sunrise.

“The best day to see them is actually June 16th, however, if you want to have the moon as well then you have to wait until June 23rd. On that day the moon is aligned with all 5 planets, and you have 6 beautiful objects line up on a line in the sky”

While it's common to see two or three planets align, DeWitt says the last time this celestial event occurred was in 2004.

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