Five Bright Planets

Between January 20 – February 20, 2016 Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye – five bright planets in a row, for the first time since December 2004.

Beginning around January 20 - through mid-February - you can see five bright planets at once in the predawn sky.

View larger. | Beginning around January 20 – through mid-February – you can see five bright planets at once in the predawn sky.

Sleep is precious, so too is an opportunity to gaze at over half our planets in the theatre of pre-dawn’s quiet contemplation. Jupiter is first to rise in the early evening, followed by Mars after midnight, then Saturn, Venus and Mercury just before dawn. Those living in North America can click on the link below for precise rise and set time of moon, sun and planets depending on your location.

http://www.almanac.com/astronomy

The rest of you can use the next link. It requires a little patience and navigation to obtain longitude and latitude – but hey, you’ll learn your city’s coordinates along the way.

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/mrst.php

http://earthsky.org/science-wire/when-will-all-five-visible-planets-appear-simultaneously?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=75402ed4f6-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-75402ed4f6-393970565

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