No fewer than five planets will make for a dazzling sight in the predawn sky over the coming weeks, as Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, put on a rare planetary display. 

The planets, which will also be joined by the Moon, will fan out in an arc-shape across the sky in the east-northeast, with Mercury at the farthest-most point to the left, and Saturn governing the farthest-most point to the right.

One by one after midnight, the planets will slowly rise into view with the five fully on view from around half an hour to an hour before sunrise. 

First out of the blocks in Saturn, followed by the brighter planet Jupiter, which will assist in finding Saturn which is somewhat fainter. 

Mars is next followed by the unmistakable planet Venus, which if in doubt about spotting the other four, will serve as the best pointer of all. 

Last is Mercury, which will be positioned low and to the left of Venus, rather faint, but there nonetheless. 

The prime time to catch all five planets will be from Wednesday June 22 to Sunday June 26 when the worlds will be at the best position-wise to observe, and incredibly, the alignment across the sky is also in order - Mercury, innermost planet to Saturn, one of the so-called outer planets. 

Around these dates, the Moon will also put in an appearance and serve as a marker to pinpoint Earth's position in the line-up.  Such a configuration of this celestial-nature has not been seen since March 5 1864.

As a further guide, watch for Jupiter to the right of the Moon on the morning of Wednesday June 22nd, with Mars positioned to the left. Then on Sunday June 26th, Venus will make for a stunning sight near the crescent Moon.