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Mike Kelly

On Sunday an alignment of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus with the moon will occur

A rare sight of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus in alignment with the Moon is to take place on Sunday morning. It's one for early risers as it to occur before sunrise.

It will provide an unusual sight for amateur astronomers and the plain curious and the alignment comes at the same time as the peak of the Lyrid this Sunday, reports WalesOnline.

Those hoping to view the phenomenon will have to rise in the early hours, as the window for the alignment starts around 5am. At this point, the planets will have risen just above the horizon and loom there bright in the predawn sky.

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While visible to the naked eye, the planets will take on the appearance of stars in a rapidly brightening early morning sky. Those wanting to see it must look towards the southeast and use the Moon as a starting point.

The Earth's natural satellite should have four bright dots lined up to its left. The planets won't perfectly line up, as Saturn will loom slightly above the Moon, while Mars, Venus and Jupiter will appear lower.

Stargazers will have roughly an hour to watch before the planets are dimmed by sunrise around 6am. Not everyone will have a chance to watch, as weather forecasts suggest much of the country will see a cloudy Sunday morning.

The last time planets aligned in this fashion was two years ago, in 2020. And before then, astronomers spotted alignments in 2016 and 2005, with the former event seeing a parade of five with Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury appearing together.

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