Set your alarm! You will see the alignment of five planets in the early morning sky until February 20, 2016. The planets – Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter – will be aligned in the southern, predawn sky and they will align again in the evening sky in August.
All five will be visible from southeast to southwest between 6 and 6:30 a.m. local time, over the span. Earth’s moon will also join the cosmic display from Jan. 23 to Feb. 7. During that time, the moon will shift from the west-northwest to east-southeast and will be visible near the five planets and some stars.
During the day and night between Jan. 27 and 28, the morning view of the moon will switch from right of Jupiter to left of Jupiter. Then, on Feb. 1, the moon will be visible near Mars, followed by an appearance near Saturn on Feb. 3. On Feb. 6, the moon, Mercury and dazzling Venus will appear in a triangular formation before sunrise.
Get up early and go outside to see a rare view of 5 planets.