JAN 19, 2016 5:23 PM PST

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

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

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
OCT 22, 2020
Space & Astronomy
NASA Touches Down on the Surface of an Asteroid for a Sample
OCT 22, 2020
NASA Touches Down on the Surface of an Asteroid for a Sample
There was a time when scientists had to wait for an asteroid to fall to Earth before they could study one.
NOV 07, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Scientists Detect Origin of Fast Radio Burst in Milky Way
NOV 07, 2020
Scientists Detect Origin of Fast Radio Burst in Milky Way
Scientists have identified a burst of cosmic radio waves- intense flashes of radio emission that last just a few millise ...
NOV 22, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Solar Power Stations in Space Could Answer Global Energy Needs
NOV 22, 2020
Solar Power Stations in Space Could Answer Global Energy Needs
W/hile renewable energy technologies have developed exponentially in recent years, a major barrier towards their adoptio ...
NOV 27, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Our Chemistry Connection to Stars and the Cosmo
NOV 27, 2020
Our Chemistry Connection to Stars and the Cosmo
A common entity that connects everything from majestically looking galaxies and nebula to the enormously diversified bio ...
DEC 11, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Cosmic Expansion: Universe Stretches, We don't
DEC 11, 2020
Cosmic Expansion: Universe Stretches, We don't
Physicists believe that we exist in an expanding universe. But what does that mean? Do our habitats, bodies, and atoms & ...
APR 10, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Japanese Spacecraft Launched to Clean Space Junk
APR 10, 2021
Japanese Spacecraft Launched to Clean Space Junk
  There are currently around 900,000 pieces of man-made space junk orbiting Earth- mostly from now-defunct satellit ...
Loading Comments...