4 planets line up like ducks in a row in lovely night-sky picture

Italian astrophysicist Gianluca Masi captured this rare event.

In advance of an unusual alignment of the five visible planets in the solar system, four planets are lining up behind the moon like ducks in a row.

Since April 23, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Jupiter have all been visible above the horizon in the early morning hours

"This morning I could enjoy the planetary parade involving Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn, plus the moon.

It was an amazing sight, all as all the four planets were very easy to see, In an email to Live Science, Masi told .

The last time five planets aligned in the night sky was in 2020, preceded by alignments in 2016 and 2005.

The night-sky photo is a precursor to a bigger planetary parade this summer..

as Mercury will join the line-up in mid-June.