Five Planets Align at the Same Time

The last time an event like this occurred was 10 years ago


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“The bright object here is Venus. Saturn is above and to the right. The third bright object in this image — slightly below and to the right of Venus — is the red star Antares in the constellation Scorpius. Photo taken January 11, 2016 by Tom Wildoner in White Haven, Pennsylvania”

Photograph by Tom Wildoner; courtesy of EarthSky.org

Get ready, skywatchers! Beginning January 20, 2016, all five bright planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn — will be visible approximately 80 minutes before sunrise for the next month. (According to EarthSky.org, a “bright planet” refers to “any planet in our own solar system that’s easily viewed without an optical aid.”)

The last time that this type of event occurred was from December 14, 2004 until January 15, 2005.

You can view the planetary alignment from any point on Earth, though it’ll be most visible just before dawn on each day.

Here’s what it should look like, courtesy of EarthSky.org:

five planets

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