A Must See Planetary Alignment

Back in May 2002, I was treated to an amazing planetary alignment. Just after sunset, I could see all of the naked eye planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all lined up in the sky. You can read about it on the American Association of Amateur Astronomers website, which shows how websites looked back in 2002.

That was the first time I’d ever been able to see Mercury.  But to see all of the naked eye planets was incredible.  It happened again in 2005, but I didn’t see that. However, for the next month, you can see it in the morning just before dawn. So, you have to get up early to see this! It’ll be visible in the east, so you’ll need a good spot to view it from and clear skies. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it means braving the cold. It begins January 20th and ends on February 20th.

This video does a good job at illustrating what you’ll see.

Are you going to get up early to see this alignment?

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9 thoughts on “A Must See Planetary Alignment”

  1. A friend tagged me in this on FB and the first thing I did was Google it to see if it was true.sure enough. We’re up by 6 or 630 anyway so we’ll have to check for clear skies on those mornings.

    1. That’s all you need, a clear night. We’ve got those here a lot. I just need to get up early and go outside. But it’s been quite cold in the morning lately.

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