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

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

The moon led a parade of planets across the predawn sky last week. And Italian astrophysicist Gianluca Masi captured the celestial show in a gorgeous image shot 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. Beginning 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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