Predawn planet alignment

If you’re wanting to have a look at a shed load of planets all at the same time, now’s your chance.

For the next few weeks Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and even Mercury (if you have a good horizon) can be observed in the sky using nothing more than a pair of Mark 1 eyeballs (your eyes). If you want to see Jupiter’s moons or Saturn’s rings, then a pair of binoculars or a telescope would be your next option.

Start around an hour before sunrise and, as can be seen in the graphic, you can look for all the major planets in the predawn sky.

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Happy hunting!