Skip to main content

Five planets will grace the night sky this month as it'll mark the first time such an alignment visible to the naked eye has happened in nearly two decades.

The Farmer's Almanac said, along with the crescent Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be aligned and the most visible on June 24. This marks the first time since December 2004 that something such as this will be witnessed by humans. 

The planets can be seen as soon as June 10, although some may still be tough to see until the later date. They can all be seen where the sun is rising, just before the sun starts to light up the entire sky, according to EarthSky. Binoculars can help, but astronomers say the planets should be easily seen with the naked eye.

Even with city lights, the planets should be seen, according to NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller

The "parade of planets" can be seen in the dawn hours June 24 at around 4:20 a.m. (or 30 minutes before sunrise) in the southern and eastern sky. They will also be lined up in their true order from the Sun: Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

According to Sky & Telescope, viewers will have "about an hour" to take in the clear alignment before "the Sun washes Saturn out of the sky."

Astronomer Gary Seronik told the Farmer's Almanac that stargazers will have to wait until 2040 to see a similar arrangement grace the skies.

Another rare, planetary event that happened in December 2020 hadn't occurred in nearly 800 years. Bring Me The News reported when Jupiter and Saturn nearly aligned, creating a "Christmas Star," named after its timing around the holiday. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 10.02.59 AM

North Dakota's only abortion clinic relocating to Minnesota

A GoFundMe set up to help the clinic make the move to Minnesota has surpassed its $500,000 goal.

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 12.37.03 PM

Deadly vehicle fire on Interstate 94 west of Fargo

The victim's age and name have not been released.

flickr - gov tim walz - mn senate dfl

Overturning Roe v. Wade won't do a 'damn thing' to prevent abortions, Walz says

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Saturday meant to protect abortion access in the state and people who come from out of state seeking one.

ambulance

Man crossing Highway 13 in Burnsville fatally struck by driver

The victim is a 31-year-old man from Prior Lake.

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 7.50.33 AM

4 shot near Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 7.55.28 PM

Charges: Cop feared for his life during struggle for gun with suspect

Allen Denzel Oliver-Hall has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Burnsville, Minnesota - May 2019 (2)

Shootout near Erik's Bike Shop, Lunds & Byerlys in Burnsville

Police say youths were shooting at each other on Saturday afternoon.

minnesota river

Fishermen find body floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

The body was found upstream from Minnesota River Heritage Park.

Related

geminids-meteor-shower

Draconid meteor shower will be most visible Friday evening

The meteor shower is most visible in the northern hemisphere.

northern-lights-1081752_1280

Good chance to see Northern Lights all over Minnesota Wednesday night

A strong geometric storm is forecast to hit earth, which could make the aurora borealis visible farther south than is typical.

NASA

Jupiter, Saturn will nearly align this month, creating a Christmas star

It's a rare planetary event that hasn't happened in about 800 years.

upper st. anthony falls lock and dam

Rare chance to see what the Mississippi River in Minneapolis used to look like

The Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will be open to the public.

All-terrain chair for people with disabilities in Minnesota State Parks.

All-terrain track chairs for the disabled to debut at 5 MN state parks

The chairs are free to use for exploring non-accessible trails and other areas within the state parks.

St. Paul park photo

St. Paul tops Minneapolis, both top 5 overall parks systems in US

St. Paul ranked second overall, while Minneapolis came in fifth, according to the latest rankings by the nonprofit Trust for Public Land.