5 planets take center stage as they align in the night sky

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align in the sky during June.

(CNN)A rare, five-planet alignment will peak on June 24, allowing a spectacular viewing of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as they line up in planetary order.

The event began at the beginning of June and has continued to get brighter and easier to see as the month has progressed, according to Diana Hannikainen, observing editor of Sky & Telescope.
A waning crescent moon will be joining the party between Venus and Mars on Friday, adding another celestial object to the lineup. The moon will represent the Earth's relative position in the alignment, meaning this is where our planet will appear in the planetary order.
    This rare phenomenon has not occurred since December 2004, and this year, the distance between Mercury and Saturn will be smaller, according to Sky & Telescope.

      How to view the alignment

      Stargazers will need to have a clear view of the eastern horizon to spot the incredible phenomenon, Hannikainen said. Humans can view the planetary show with the naked eye, but binoculars are recommended for an optimal viewing experience, she added.
      The best time to view the five planets is in the one hour before sunrise, she said. The night before you plan to view the alignment, check when the sun will rise in your area.
        Some stargazers are especially excited for the celestial event, including Hannikainen. She flew from her home west of Boston to a beachside town along the Atlantic Ocean to secure an optimal view of the alignment.
        "I'll be out there with my binoculars, looking towards the east and southeast and crossing all my fingers and toes that it is going to be clear," Hannikainen said.
        You don't have to travel to catch a glimpse of the action because it will be visible to people around the globe.
        Stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere can see the planets from the eastern to southeastern horizon while those in the Southern Hemisphere should look along the eastern to northeastern horizon. The only requirement is a clear sky in the direction of the alignment.
        By the next day, the moon will have continued its orbit around the Earth, moving it out of alignment with the planets, she said.
        If you miss the five-planet alignment in sequential order, the next one will happen in 2040, according to Sky & Telescope.
        There will be seven more full moons in 2022, according to The Old Farmers' Almanac:
        • June 14: Strawberry moon
        • July 13: Buck moon
        • August 11: Sturgeon moon
        • September 10: Harvest moon
        • October 9: Hunter's moon
        • November 8: Beaver moon
        • December 7: Cold moon
        These are the popularized names associated with the monthly full moons, but the significance of each one may vary across Native American tribes.

        Lunar and solar eclipses

        There will be one more total lunar eclipse and a partial solar eclipse in 2022, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.
        Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun but only blocks some of its light. Be sure to wear proper eclipse glasses to safely view solar eclipses, as the sun's light can be damaging to the eye.