Graphic showing a line of planets and the moon across the predawn sky.

The best time to view the rare planetary alignment is predawn on Friday. (Image credit: Stellarium)

The best time to see a rare planetary alignment that has greeted early risers this month is Friday morning.

In their order from the sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn have lined up in the southeastern sky.

The crescent moon will act as a stand-in for Earth in the planetary procession on Friday, June 24. According to a statement from Sky&Telescope, Mercury should rise about an hour before the sun on Friday, so there is plenty of time to catch a glimpse of the entire parade before the sun ends the viewing party.

The last time these five planets aligned was in 2004, and it won't happen again until 2040, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation.

There are planets in June's night sky.

The best time to see the alignment is between 3:39 a.m. and 4:43 a.m. The parade will start at 23:21 p.m. local time for those based in New York.

If you want to know the exact time of the event in your location, you'll want to use a skywatching app or software. We have picked the best stargazing apps.

In the predawn sky on June 18th, the moon passed by Saturn, followed by Jupiter on June 21st and Mars on June 22nd. The moon will pass Venus on June 26 and then end its tour with Mercury on June 27

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