A rare 6-planet alignment will occur next month. Here’s what to know.


This year he has already surprised sky watchers with one rare solar eclipse already geomagnetic storm which caused impressive displays of aurora borealis around the world, but there are still more incredible cosmic displays to come. Six planets are expected to line up next month, creating what the Weather Channel calls a “planetary parade.”

The stunning alignment will occur just before sunrise on June 3, 2024.

During the solar show, the orbits of Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus, Mars, Neptune and Saturn will bring all six planets to the same side of the sun. The planets will not form a true straight line in space, due to the elliptical shapes of their orbits, CBS News previously reportedbut from some angles of the Earth, they will appear to be aligned.

Planetary Alignment 2024
An infographic showing the details of planetary alignment.

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The moon will also be visible, according to Science Alert.

Those hoping to observe the full show will need binoculars or a telescope, the Weather Channel said. Viewers should keep their eyes fixed on the eastern horizon just before sunrise.

The East Coast will have the best view of the phenomenon as long as the sky is clear, the Weather Channel said.

If you missed this alignment, Science Alert said there are more alignments of the same six planets set for the coming months. The alignment will be visible again in the predawn hours of Aug. 28, 2024, and Jan. 18, 2025. On Feb. 28, 2025, all seven planets will appear in the sky at once, Science Alert said.


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