Worlds Align June 2022

Simulated view of the Moon and planetary alignment from mid-northern latitude on June 17, 2022.

Simulated view of planets placement in their orbits in relation to Earth during the time of June alignment.

Planet Parade at Dawn June 2022

At dawn throughout the second half of June look towards the east-south sky for the rare sight of all the major planets in alignment along with the Moon marching across the sky and pairing with a different world from day to day. 

This unusual world line-up includes not only the five classical naked-eye planets of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter, but also fainter Uranus and even Neptune.  Skywatchers get to see the five bright planets visible to the unaided eyes coincidently appear to be lined up in correct order of their orbital distance from our Sun with Mercury the closest to the Sun and Saturn the farthest. Meanwhile observers will need to have very dark skies with little to no light pollution to catch a glimpse of green-hued Uranus. To locate Neptune in the line-up will require binoculars and telescopes as it is too faint to be seen with naked-eyes.  

Adding to the sky spectacle, watch the Moon join the planet parade from June 17 to June 27, pairing up with individual planets each morning. 

Gatherings of the five brighter planets occur only every few years with the last cosmic happening back in 2020 , 2016 and 2005. This celestial gathering of our solar neighbourhood is expected to really capture any skywatcher's attention, which makes this an ideal sky events for showcasing during public stargazing events, or for inspiring young sky enthusiasts and novices to the hobby to look up at the night sky.

Check out a series of planet specific observing guides courtesy of our partners at Celestron.

This alignment of multiple worlds in our Earth skies will also be an amazing photo opportunity that can show everyone that we all share the same sky, no matter where we live on this good planet Earth.

Even with a smartphone it is easy to snap your own souvenir photo of this eye-catching celestial event.  We invite you to share your photo with us on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter channels by using the hashtag #onepeopleonesky and we'll make sure to share it with the world.

Quick Tips for Photographing the Planetary - Moon Alignment

1. Scout out ahead of time the ideal picturesque location to take your photo and identify where the planets and the moon will appear to be positioned from your spot

2. Identify the exact time of the sunrise from your location (use

3. Watch the weather! Remember that some of the most beautiful photos will come when it's actually not a totally       clear sky, but there are a few scattered clouds to add depth to your composition. 

4. Be patient and take plenty of photos

5.. Adjust your brightness to make the foreground dark, and if shooting away from the light, make the image brighter.

6. iPhone owners should try using HDR setting to improve exposure of your photo

7.. Use panorama mode to capture contrast and depth

8. Consider adding a subject to the photo like a buildings, trees, animals, people as clearly outlined 

Remember to keep safe
Follow all local health regulations regarding COVID-19 when photographing in public areas.

Joshua Tree, California/2020    Photo Credit: Steven Wilcox/Unsplash

Observing Guides to the Naked-Eye Planets