5 Brightest Planets Begin Rising Together

Look for them: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2016 2:30 PM CST
5 Brightest Planets Begin Rising Together
Ethan Durante looks at the planet Saturn during a stargazing gathering of the San Antonio Astronomical Association at McAlister Park.   (Billy Calzada/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Like stargazing in the pre-dawn hours? Then here you go: The sky's five brightest planets visible from Earth will soon be lined up for the first time in over a decade, the Conversation reports. Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus—which have been up visible together since early January—will be accompanied by Mercury from Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, USA Today reports. Exact timings will vary, the Huffington Post notes, but look for them about an hour before sunrise and dress warmly during these typically cold hours. The five bright planets will appear together again during evening hours from Aug. 13 to 19, EarthSky.org reports. (More planets stories.)

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