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May 11, 2011

Weather Wise: Planetary Lineup This May in Eastern Dawn Sky

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On May 12 our four planetary neighbors--Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter--will be clustered within 6 degrees of each other in the dawn sky. In fact, every day this month, these 4 will be in conjunction in the low eastern horizon 20 to 45 minutes before your local sunrise. NatGeo has the scoop:

While this planetary alignment can be glimpsed from around the world, best views will be centered around the tropics, where the planets will shine brighter and higher in the predawn sky.

For observers in mid-latitude regions such as southern Canada, most of the continental U.S., and Europe, the planets will hug the eastern horizon very closely, making it more of a challenge to see the entire set.

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To view the next big planetary conjunction including 5 planets and the moon we will have to wait almost 30 years until September 8, 2040.

Read article at NatGeo.

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