This photo shows the moon and five planets of the solar system lined up in the sky

This summer, astrophotographers and astronomy enthusiasts are waiting for you. If you point your camera skyward before sunrise, you’ll find five planets in our solar system lined up. Add the moon to the equation, and there’s an opportunity for some great photos.

One of these photos was kindly shared today with DIYP. Photographers from the Italian astronomical society Gruppo Astrofili Palidoro took it, and they shared some details and the photo with us.

The people behind this wonderful image are Antonio Canaveras, Chiara Tronci, Giovanni Esposito, Giuseppe Conzo and Luciana Guariglia. They shot simultaneously with four cameras to capture the image of the night sky and create this cooperative astro-panorama. They took pictures before dawn on June 24, when the phenomenon was most visible and the moon was also in the frame. As for the location, the photo was taken near Marina di San Nicola, Italy.

“This hazy morning found the innermost planet Mercury near the horizon but just visible against the twilight, below and to the left of bright Venus,” the team explains. “With the waning crescent moon, the other naked-eye bright planets, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, lie near the ecliptic, arcing upward and to the right across the wide field of view. “

The team notes that not all planets were visible to the naked eye. They needed the binoculars to spot the much fainter planets Uranus and Neptune, although they were also along the ecliptic in the sky. But with long exposure photography, all of them became visible and captured in this shot.

© Antonio Canaveras, Chiara Tronci, Giovanni Esposito, Giuseppe Conzo and Luciana Guariglia/Gruppo Astrofili Palidoro

This gorgeous image ended up being the astronomy photo of the day for June 25, 2022, and it’s no surprise. Hopefully I can take my picture of the lineup as well and hopefully it won’t end like my Neowise shooting attempts. 🙂 And if you have also witnessed and captured the alignment of the planets, do not hesitate to share your photos in the comments.

[via APOD]

Arline J. Mercier