JAN 19, 2016 05:23 PM PST

Five Planets in the Sky to be Visible to the Naked Eye for the Next Month

For the next month, sky gazers will get the opportunity see a rare event in the sky just before the crack of dawn each morning. Five planets will be lining up in the sky and will be visible with the naked eye without the need for telescopes, binoculars, or other eye-aiding equipment, although if you want a better look, they’ll certainly be helpful to have.
 
From January 20th to approximately February 20th, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter will all be visible in alignment in clear skies approximately 45 minutes before dawn each morning.

The planets will be visible in the sky just before dawn for the next month.

These planets haven’t been visible in alignment like this to the naked eye for about 10 years, so it’s a spectacular visual event that everyone should get outside to see while they have the chance.
 
Despite being called “naked eye planets,” they aren’t always that easy to point out in the night sky. Unfortunately, there are so many stars out there in the night sky that only some of the planets are actually easy to point out from the rest. Some of the planets are too dim to distinguish from stars.
 
So how can you tell the difference?
 
Jason Kendall of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York has a tip for you that involves using just your thumb and one of your eyes. Depending on how the light from the source in the sky behaves, you’ll be able to distinguish whether you’re looking at a planet or a star because of the way that the light is being transmitted.
 

 
Will you be looking out for these planets in coming weeks?

Source: EarthSky

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 17, 2018
Space & Astronomy
JUL 17, 2018
Astronomers Find 12 More Moons Orbiting Jupiter
Jupiter, with its immense gravitational influence over the solar system, has always possessed a rather excessive number of moons. But scientists now say th...
JUL 29, 2018
Space & Astronomy
JUL 29, 2018
Friday's 'Blood Moon' Dubbed the "Longest of the 21st Century"
Depending on location, those that turned their attention to the night sky on Friday, July 27th might have noticed a particularly red Moon. Experts refer to...
JUL 31, 2018
Space & Astronomy
JUL 31, 2018
Underground Lake of Briny Water Detected on Mars
There’s seemingly endless evidence that water once flowed on the Martian surface, and in addition to that, many theories exist concerning the presenc...
AUG 07, 2018
Space & Astronomy
AUG 07, 2018
Why Does the James Webb Space Telescope Keep Getting Delayed?
The James Webb Space Telescope is set to become NASA’s latest and greatest space-based observatory, superseding the Hubble Space Telescope as the big...
AUG 08, 2018
Space & Astronomy
AUG 08, 2018
Astronomers Say This is the Most Distant Radio Galaxy Ever Found
Our universe is a mysterious place, and that’s why astronomers are always peering into the depths of outer space in search of clues. Sometimes they f...
SEP 04, 2018
Space & Astronomy
SEP 04, 2018
This NASA Rocket Will Spend 15 Minutes Gawking at the Sun with X-Ray Vision
NASA is currently eyeballing Friday, September 7th for the third consecutive launch of its Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager (FOXSI), a space vehicle spec...
Loading Comments...