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Something remarkable is about to happen in the evening sky. Three planets and a star cluster are converging for a close encounter ...
Thursday, June 15th, is a special night. En route to Saturn, Mars will pass directly in front of the Beehive...
In mid-June, Mercury leaps out of the glare of the Sun, soaring into the evening sky not far from Saturn and Mars. Greatest visibility occurs around June 15th, the same night Mars "explodes" in the Beehive. Mercury is easy to see even from over-lit cities...
Finally, the climax: On Saturday, June 17th, Mars and Saturn draw so close together you might think they're going to collide. (They won't.) Stick out your pinky and hold it at arm's length. The two planets will fit behind the tip with room to spare. Mercury, meanwhile, hovers just below: sky map. Wow!
Mark your calendar: ... June 15th & June 17th. Four sunsets, three planets and a star cluster--not a bad way to end the day.
NASA stars and planets, full text & source
Originally posted by Hal9000
Yes, I will be watching. This is probably best viewed with binoculars, because it is too big to see all the planets and the beehive cluster with a telescope.
BTW, you may ask a mod to move this thread to space exploration forum, to get more interest.