4 planets line up like ducks in a row in a beautiful night sky image

From his balcony in Rome, Gianluca Masi captured this image of the night sky of Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn (plus the moon) aligned. (Image credit: Gianluca Masi / Virtual Telescope Project)

The moon led a parade of planets across the pre-dawn sky last week. And the Italian astrophysicist Gianluca Masi captured the celestial spectacle in a stunning image taken from his balcony in Rome.

In advance of an unusual alignment of the five visible planets in the solar system this summer, four planets lined up behind the moon like ducks in a row. As of April 23, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Jupiter were all visible above the horizon in the early morning hours in the Northern Hemisphere.

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