Jan 21, 2016 4:37 PM

Joe Knows: Don't miss when our 5 brightest planets align this week

NH1 Chief Meteorologist - NH1.com

The five brightest planets in the solar system are set to align this week and you’ll be able to see the fancy celestial footwork with your own eyes!
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will appear in a line visible from Earth from Jan. 20 until Feb. 20. It’s the first time this alignment has happened since 2005 and won’t happen again until 2018.

Although you won’t need any special equipment to spot the interplanetary line up, some may be harder to see than others. Venus and Jupiter will be the easiest planets to see, Mars comes with a handy red glow to spot but Mercury is the trickiest because it’s very low on the horizon and therefore only visible for a very short time before the sun comes up.
You'll need to be outside about 45 minutes before sunrise (7:11 a.m.). This time of year, if you work or go to school around this time, you may be well positioned to scan the predawn eastern horizon as you commute to work or head off to school. I saw the alignment in 2005. Trust me, it is worth the effort. Just incredible to see so many planets at once!


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