By Felicia Farnsworth
On June 24, 2022, be sure to set your alarm clocks for no later than 5:00 a.m. to witness the rare occurrence of five planets and our Earth’s Moon aligning for the first time since March 5, 1864.
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and a crescent moon will align and be visible to the naked eye 45 to 60 minutes before sunrise on Friday.
Sunrise is estimated to take place at 5:38 a.m. Typically seeing one or two planets align with one another is a common occurrence; however, to have five planets align in a tight line with our moon is very rare.
The planets will appear in the early predawn southern and eastern sky. The planets will be in the same sequence as their respective orbits around the sun.
The moon taking its place between Mars and Venus will serve as a proxy for Earth. The lineup of the five planets can be seen from June 23 through June 25; however, the moon will only align with the planets on June 24.
Saturn will appear first around the middle of the night and remain visible until the early predawn hours. Next, Jupiter will appear, followed by Mars.
In all its glory, Venus will make its appearance at the break of dawn, followed by the innermost planet, Mercury, which will make its appearance 30 to 40 minutes before sunrise.
Don’t forget to set your alarms and witness this rare planetary occurrence. Who knows when the next time will be?