First time in 18 years 5 planets align.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are enjoying a solar system reunion.

Early risers in June might see planets from the east to the south. This is conjunction.

The planets are visible in their normal arrangement from the sun, making this event unique. Sky & Telescope says it hasn't happened since December 2004. Two or three planets are frequent

but the fab five are rare.
Mitzi Adams, a NASA astronomer and researcher, noted in a blog last month that planetary conjunctions are more astrological than astronomy

, but they never fail to amaze during observations, especially when gas giants are involved.

The planets will soon be more visible. Mercury will be easier to notice on Friday, June 24. The conjunction is best seen after dawn and lasts an hour before sunrise.