Discover the rare alignment of 5 planets and the moon in a stunning photo

Astrophotographer Wright Dobbs took this image of five bright planets visible aligned with the moon from St. Cloud, Florida before dawn on June 24, 2022. The planets are (left to right): 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 aligned with the moon wowed skywatchers around the world on Friday, with some gearing up for more this weekend to see a planetary sight that won’t happen again until 2040.

Throughout June, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn lined up left to right, in their orbital order from the sun, before dawn in the southeastern sky. Early Friday (June 24), the moon joined the planetary parade in an awe-inspiring view captured by astrophotographer Wright Dobbs, meteorologist for the US National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida.

“Seeing the night sky is amazing and knowing the rarity of these alignments, you should take every opportunity to see and capture it,” Dobbs told in an email after sharing an image of the quintuple. St. Cloud, Florida. Friday. Dobbs is a veteran night sky photographer and you can see more photos on their Facebook page, (opens in a new tab) as good as on Twitter (opens in a new tab) and Instagram as @wrightdobbs (opens in a new tab).

Related: The rare alignment of 5 planets culminates Friday with the crescent moon

The image was taken with a Sony a7ii, and consisted of a three-frame panorama with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 lens. Each image was exposed at ISO 1600, f/6.3, 15 seconds.

“It’s definitely not the darkest place I’ve photographed astrophotography from, but I like what the twilight glow has added to the display of planets in the morning sky,” said said Dobbs.

More stunning sights poured in from social media.

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Do you see the planets aligning?

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Although the show peaked today (June 24), there is still plenty of time to see the planets lined up, as well as the moon.

The moon moved through a planetary “meet and greet” in the predawn sky, passing Saturn on June 18, Jupiter on June 21, and Mars on June 22. The moon will continue its tour with the transit of Venus on June 26, and then end its tour with Mercury on June 27.

Related: The Brightest Planets in the June Night Sky: How to See Them (and When)

If you’re looking for a telescope or binoculars to view alignments like this event, our guides to the best binoculars deals and the best telescope deals can now help. Our best cameras for astrophotography and our best lenses for astrophotography to get you ready to capture the next stargazing spectacle in a photo.

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