Look at the alignment of the planets in 2022: the brightest planets are visible in the photo from Earth

Italian astrophysicist Gianluca Masi took a picture of the night sky, in which Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn

(plus the Moon) lined up in a single line.

In the morning I could enjoy the parade of the planets with Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn, as well as the Moon. It was an amazing sight, all four planets were very easy to see.

Gianluca Masi in an interview with Live Science

This image can be considered a "rehearsal" before the summer parade of the planets, when Mercury will join the group of celestial bodies in mid-June.

Image Credit: Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project

The alignment of the planets occurs when their orbitsbring objects into the same region of the sky as seen from Earth. These alignments are not rare, but they don't happen regularly: The last time five planets aligned in the night sky was in 2020, and before that, in 2016 and 2005.

Venus, Mars and Saturn were neighbors in the night skyfrom the end of March. On April 4 and 5, they came so close to each other as seen from Earth that Mars and Saturn appeared less distant from each other than the width of the full moon in the southeast morning sky.

Jupiter completed the trio into a four in mid-April.Then the Moon appeared in the phase of the last quarter to the right of Saturn, this happened on April 23. Mars appears as an orange dot below and to the left of Saturn, while Venus is a brighter light below and to the left of Mars. Jupiter is the lowest and is on the left.

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