Alignment Of Planets Visible During Month Of June

Photo: AccuWeather

NORTON (WBZNewsRadio) - A rare planetary alignment of five planets will be visible in the skies of Massachusetts through out the month.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will appear in a row, from left to right, all visible to the naked eye before sunrise.

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Wheaton College, Dipankar Maitra, said the best times to see the phenomenon would be around June 23rd and 24th, when Mercury is furthest from the sun, but the alignment will be visible through out the month.

For the most ideal view, Maitra said you'll want to choose a spot with unobstructed views of the eastern horizon.

The next time we'll get a chance for a sight like this will be in 2040, when the grouping will include Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the crescent moon.

What's more, Massachusetts residents may also get a glimpse of rare noctilucent clouds, sometimes called "electric blue clouds" because of their unique color, according to AccuWeather.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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