In the near future, namely 6-7 August 2010 will be quite interesting astronomical phenomenon. Six of the planets – Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus will form almost a straight line (within 5 degrees) (perfectly straight lines with the participation of such a large number of planets naturally not the case, so the position of the planets within a few degrees is considered to be one line). The earth will be in the middle between Jupiter and Uranus on one side and Venus, Mars and Saturn on the other.
From the Earth it will look like this:
This parade is notable for the fact that when viewed from Earth, the planet almost exactly lined up on one of the main lines on the celestial sphere – the line of the equinoxes (0-12h). Jupiter and Uranus will be near the vernal equinox, and Venus, Mars and Saturn near the point of the autumn equinox. To six planets lined up along the line of the equinoxes, this really is very, very rare.
Images from other planetary programs, confirming the 2010 parade of planets and refuting PR-company around the parade of planets in 2012.
Snapshots from the program Celestia: