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Get up early to see five planets from the Adler Planetarium

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Kris Vire

The planets are aligning—five of them, anyway. And the Adler Planetarium is giving early risers a free opportunity Friday morning to see them through the most powerful telescope in the Chicago area.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible simultaneously early tomorrow morning, and the Adler is opening its doors from 5:30am–7am for visitors to view them from the Doane Observatory, its largest aperture telescope, capable of gathering 5,000 times more light than the naked eye. The planetarium's astronomers say Friday will offer the best viewing of this grouping of planets until 2022. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis, so set your alarm (or just stay up all night, we don't know your life) to get in line early.

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