Friday, January 22, 2016

Tonight's Sky for January 22: Can You See 5 Planets at Once?

Mercury is on the rise in the predawn Eastern sky and should now be relatively easy to spot now, which also means that you should be able to see all 5 classical planets at the same time. While none of them are spectacularly close together, being able to see all 5 of the naked eye planets at once is a bit of a rarity. To see the show, head out about 30 minutes before sunrise and look in the Southwest to spot Jupiter. Moving to the East, you'll next come to reddish Mars, Saturn, brilliant Venus, and finally ground-hugging Mercury. Clouded out today? No problem, this show will continue for a couple of weeks. 

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