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Wally
19th January 2016, 05:57 PM
For the first time in a decade all five of the bright planets will be visible to the naked eye at the same time.

Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will take pride of place in the morning sky starting on 20 January through till the morning of the 20 February. Jupiter will be the first to appear followed by Mars, Saturn and Venus with Mercury appearing last.

While the southern hemisphere will get a favoured view of the spectacle, it's believed that those of us in the UK should be able to see the event every morning just after sunrise. For specific timings and where to look, you can download a host of apps which will turn your smartphone into a virtual stargazing map.

The last time stargazers were able to see this phenomenon was back in 2005 when the planets became visible during the day between Dec. 15, 2004 and Jan. 15, 2005.

The next time the planets align is predicted to be in the evening sky from Aug. 13 to 19, according to EarthSky.org, but Mercury and Venus will sit low and not be easily seen from the northern hemisphere.

wornish
19th January 2016, 06:12 PM
Only visible if the flipping clouds give us a chance.
Beginning to forget what blue sky looks like.

pandora
19th January 2016, 09:40 PM
Only visible if the flipping clouds give us a chance.
Beginning to forget what blue sky looks like.
I'll PMS you when we have a blue sky here so that twelve hours later as Earth rotates, you shall see it there.