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How to Spot Five Bright Planets in the Morning Sky Tomorrow

First Posted: Jan 19, 2016 08:59 AM EST

If you get a chance, look to the sky. Five bright planets will be visible to the naked eye at the same time for the first time since 2005.

The five bright planets, which will be lined up in a diagonal line from left to right are Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. The only planets that won't be visible are the distant Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

So when can you see the planets? The five planets will be visible in the morning sky together from January 20 to February 20. The waning crescent moon will also make an appearance toward the end of January.

Jupiter will be the first to appear in the night sky, followed by the other planets. The next time all five of these planets are predicted to align will be from Aug. 13 to Aug. 19. However, Mercury and Venus will be low in the sky and won't be nearly as easily visible in the northern hemisphere.

In order to see the planets, try to avoid bright city lights and be up early on a clear morning. Because this phenomenon will be ongoing for about a month, you should try several different mornings in order to get the best view. Checking the weather the night before may also help with your planet watching. And because Mercury is currently in transition, it will be easier to see the planet after a few days into the period when you can see all five planets as it rises higher and higher each morning.

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