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Look up in the Sky tomorrow! 5 planet alignment


Political Irish
Dec 22, 2015
[font=Lato, sans-serif]Five planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – will be visible together in the morning sky from today until around February 20, a phenomenon that has not happened since 2005.[/font]

[font=Lato, sans-serif]Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, explains how best to spot them:[/font]

[font=Lato, sans-serif]Get up early and make sure you have a clear view to the south east or south.[/font]

[font=Lato, sans-serif]The planets will be visible with the naked eye, though better views will be through a telescope or powerful binoculars.[/font]

[font=Lato, sans-serif]The five planets will be strung out in a line stretching from the horizon, from the south east to the south west, in the order of Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter.[/font]

[font=Lato, sans-serif]Some bright stars will also be visible, including Antares and Spica, but the planets will be brightest things to see.[/font]

[font=Lato, sans-serif][size=small][font=Lato, sans-serif]Observing the stars will be best between 7am and 7.30am each morning, with those in southern areas having to look a bit earlier than those in the north because it gets light about 15 minutes earlier in the south.[/font][/font][/size]

[font=Lato, sans-serif][size=small][font=Lato, sans-serif]Jupiter and Venus will be brilliant, and Saturn and Mars will be visible between them. Mercury will be the hardest to see because of its position near the horizon.[/font][/font][/size]

[font=Lato, sans-serif][size=small][font=Lato, sans-serif]To help people spot them they can follow the general rule that planets do not twinkle, whereas stars do.




[font=Lato, sans-serif]Hopefully we will have no clouds in the Sky tomorrow and you will get too see something amazing.  I have my own telescope all setup and I will be watching throughout the night hoping to see the start of the alignments.[/font]