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The Great Conjunction Is Near: 4 Planets Now Visible Pre-Dawn

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Mystics and Skeksis, grab your shards and look to the pre-dawn skies this week for a preview of the Great Conjunction. Four planets, Venus, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter are now visible to the naked eye, each spaced within 10 degrees of each other.

The moon reaches its first quarter phase on Tuesday, May 10 making tonight an ideal time to spot Saturn in the early-evening southeast sky, notes the Griffith Observatory Sky Report. The big bang this week, however, arrives just before dawn.

If you have an unobstructed eastern horizon, look at 5:40 a.m. to keep track of the changing positions of the clustered bright planets Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, and Mars within a few degrees of the horizon. On [Wednesday] May 11, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury are in a simultaneous near-conjunction, and form a line 2 degrees long, with Mars less than 6 degrees away, to the lower left.

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