Watch the rare alignment of five planets and a moon in a stunning picture

Astrophotographer Wright Dobbs captured this image of five bright, visible planets aligned with the Moon from St. Cloud, Florida just before dawn on June 24, 2022. Planets (from left): Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with the crescent moon between Venus and Jupiter. (Image credit: Wright Dobbs)

The rare sight of five bright planets lining up with the moon impressed sky-watchers around the world on Friday, with some preparing for more this weekend to see a planetary spectacle that won’t happen again until 2040.

Throughout June, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn lined up from left to right, in the order of their orbit from the Sun, before dawn in the southeast sky. Early Friday (June 24), the moon joined the planet’s parade in a spectacular sight captured by astrophotographer Wright Dobbs, a meteorologist with the US National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida.

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