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Five planets will be visible at once in the night sky starting tomorrow

by Brandon Russell | January 19, 2016January 19, 2016 3:00 pm PST


Astronomers say between Jan. 20 and Feb. 20, five planets—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn—will all be visible to the naked eye at the same time. The planetary parade will be most visible in the pre-dawn, southern sky, with the five planets lining up in a diagonal line (from left to right). This is the first time we’ve seen such a phenomenon since 2005, scientists say.

According to EarthSky, the planets can easily be seen without an optical aid due to their disks reflecting sunlight, shining with a steadier light than stars. Jupiter rises in the night sky first, followed by Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury. Sorry, but Neptune, Pluto and Uranus won’t be joining the celestial show; Uranus, unlike Neptune and Pluto, can occasionally be seen shining in the night sky.

If you miss the upcoming spectacle, EarthSky says you won’t have to wait another 10 years for the planetary alignment to occur again. The next time you’ll be able to see these five planets in the evening sky is later this year in August. The Southern Hemisphere has the best chance of spotting the planetary parade, though astronomers say the spectacle should be visible around the globe (weather permitting).


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...