Early birds may get a rare astronomical sight this week — if clouds don’t get in the way.
In the Northern Hemisphere, Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn aligned low in the southeast sky around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service and EarthSky.
If you missed it Wednesday, not all hope is lost for a rare celestial sighting. Those same four planets will remain close to each other through the end of the month with Venus and Jupiter — the two brightest planets — creeping toward a dazzling conjunction on April 30 and May 1, according to EarthSky.
Viewers can spot Jupiter, the second brightest planet, closest to the horizon followed by Venus, the brightest planet, just above.
The clouds in the upper atmosphere, however, might ruin the sight, according to meteorologist Jeff Michalski.
“It’s tough to say how thick the clouds will be further north, but to see this phenomenon might be difficult,” he said.
There will be scattered showers and a chance of thunderstorms throughout Wednesday afternoon, Michalski said.
Wednesday will see a high of 54 degrees and light rain mainly in the afternoon. Thursday will see a similar temperatures, scattered showers and southeast winds up to 11 mph. The low on Wednesday and Thursday will be in the low 40s.