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Amazing Planetary Gathering

A grand and beautiful lineup of all the bright naked-eye planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn - is continuing in the western sky at dusk. Throughout April and May these five worlds will form and reform new patterns as they move against the background stars. All five of these planets (plus the Moon) will be clustered within 33 of sky on the evening of May 14th.

More: Sky & Telescope - A Rare Dance of the Planets

More: Space.com - Rare Planet Alignment in April and May

Link: Sky & Telescope - interactive sky chart