ON WEDNESDAY: 5 planets to be seen in night sky

Posted at 9:40 AM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 19:01:47-05

Get ready for a spectacular sight in our skies this week.

For the first time since 2005, the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible at the same time.

According to EarthSky.org, the 5 planets will be visible just before dawn starting Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Set your alarms early as Mercury, which is the fifth planet to join the group, is set to rise just before 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday.

Our sunrise that day happens at 7:41 a.m.

If you don’t get to see them this week, don’t worry, these five planets will be visible each day before dawn through February 20, 2016.

All five planets will be visible to the naked eye so you don’t need a telescope, but EarthSky.org recommends binoculars to help you spot Mercury.

Jupiter will be the first planet to rise each evening followed by Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury which rise overnight and early morning.

Venus will likely be the easiest to spot as it is the brightest object in the sky behind the moon and the sun. You can spot Venus by looking toward the southeast.

February 7, 2016 is expected to be the best day for viewing our solar system's closest planet to the sun.

Happy viewing and remember to send your weather photos and video using Send to 7 in the WKBW app, #Sendto7 on Twitter or at wkbw.com/share




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