Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are Aligning For The First Time In a Decade And Here Is How You Can See Them All

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are Aligning For The First Time In a Decade And Here Is How You Can See Them All

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If you look at the right time, the moon will also be a part of the cosmic parade.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are the bright planets in our solar system. And skywatchers will soon have a rare opportunity to view these five planets in the morning sky.

Mankind has mastered the other four elements to a degree but space is still an unexplored domain. There is a lot to be discovered out there.

Since time immemorial, man used to look at the sky for hope and guidance. Sometimes, cosmic dance of the stars and planets enthrall us.

A cosmic dance of the five planets began to feast your eyes. This event will dazzle the skywatchers all over the world.

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Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are aligning for the first time in over a decade, and there’s no need for telescopes or binoculars to see the event, since all five planets will look like bright stars in the morning twilight.

If you were an early riser, you might have noticed some of these planets already. But the best time to look for them is 23rd onwards through the second week of February.

If you look too early, it’ll be hidden below the horizon. If you look too late, it’ll be washed out by sunlight. The prime time to see it and the other planets will be about 30 to 60 minutes before local sunrise.

Since Mercury will be very low in the southeast (the same direction as the rising sun), make sure to find a viewing spot with a clear view of the horizon. Venus, the brightest of all the visible planets, will appear to the upper right of Mercury.

Mars will appear to Saturn’s right, looking bright orange, with Jupiter off to its far upper right, completing the alignment high in the southern sky. Binoculars will show off Jupiter’s four largest moons, which were first seen by Galileo in 1609 with the newly invented telescope.

The entire lineup of planets spans some 110 degrees—more than half of the locally visible skyline. The planets’ simultaneous visibility in one part of our sky is due to their positions in their respective orbits relative to Earth and the Sun.

As an added bonus, the moon will play cosmic hopscotch, jumping from one planet to the next, offering an amazing photo opportunity for sky hounds.

Rise early and enjoy the cosmic dance.

Image Credits: National Geographic
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