5 planets in morning sky: Where, when to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn
If you’re out bright and early in January and February – look up.
From Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, five planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – will be visible in the morning sky. The five planets will be bright and lined up in a diagonal line with Mercury on the far left, followed by Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter as you look to the right. The display offers a unique opportunity to see five planets at once, with only Neptune and Uranus, as well as the dwarf planet Pluto, out of sight.
According to Earthsky.org, this is the first time five planets will appear in the sky together since a span from Dec. 15, 2004 to Jan. 15, 2005. The planets will be visible before dawn beginning around Jan. 20 and should be clearly seen– depending on weather conditions – each morning through Feb. 20. The best time to spot the planets will be about 45 minutes before sunrise.
You can go here to see the alignment and the best places to see the planets.
If you do head out to see the planets, bundle up. Temperatures are expected to be frigid but take heart if you don’t want to brave the cold. Earthsky.org said the five planets will be visible again Aug. 13-19 when they will show up in the evening sky.