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May 1 Planetary Alignment

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On May 1 of this year, the same planetary "pile up" that was mentioned last week will also cause another unusual sight in the skies. Shortly after dark you will see a line form with M45 (the Pleiades cluster) on the bottom with Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Saturn all lining up close together! Planetary alignments are neat, and they rarely form up with other galaxies.

For those of you who are interested in where this is in the sky and what it will look like, you can see a preview on my page.

You shouldn't need a telescope to view this. It will be visible to the naked eye.

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an engineer from Houston, interested in space development