NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — We had clear skies early Friday morning to view the “parade of planets” in the southeast sky. This was the peak alignment of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

This took place between 4:30 AM – 4:45 AM. We received several great pictures from our viewers and NEWS 2 Staff.

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To see three planets align is not unusual, but for five to align is very rare. This is the first since 2004 that five planets have aligned and typically happens every 20 years. The next time it occurs, 2040.

As we get closer to the end of June, Mercury will become brighter as it gradually climbs higher above the horizon each night, according to Sky and Telescope.

Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will still be visible for most mornings in July, but the group of planets will spread out farther and farther as the month goes on.