Pretty Awesome Planetary Alignment


Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter will be uncharacteristically visible in a row in the early morning sky for the next five weeks. The best time to catch a glimpse of them will be 45 minutes before sunrise with February 5-6 being the ideal time to see Mercury.

The biggest difficulty in viewing this planetary phenomenon will be differentiating the planets from the stars. According to a New York Times article by Nicholas St. Fleur, a gentleman (referred to in the article as Mr. Kendall) with his telescope set up in the park advised that you could "close one eye, stretch out your arm and slowly pass your thumb over a bright dot in the sky. If the dot slowly dims out as your thumb passes over it, it is a planet. If it quickly blinks out, it is a distant star."

 

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  • Z.

    … and you were pretty awesome to note that plus share!

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