Rare alignment of 5 planets comes into focus this week

Rare alignment of 5 planets comes into focus this week

Rare alignment of 5 planets comes into focus this week

A diagram showing the locations of five bright planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, in the early morning sky on June 17, 2022. Credit: Starry Night

A rare parade of planets will come into closer focus in the second half of June and even the moon will join the show.

The current early evening sky is completely devoid of any of the five bright planets you can see with the naked eye (MercuryVenusMarsJupiter and Saturn† You have to wait until the second half of the night to see them, and then they will slowly come into view, one by one, and just before dawn, all five will be stretched across the southern and eastern sky.