A pre-dawn phenomenon
for stargazers in January

January 20 2016 8:31 AM

image from telegraph.co.uk
image from telegraph.co.uk

For about a month starting on Wednesday, January 20, stargazers will have something to look forward to: Five planets appearing simultaneously before dawn, according to a science news website.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are expected to appear at the same time from Jan. 20 to February 20 — a phenomenon that has not occurred since 2005, EarthSky.org said.

“These planets are easily seen in our sky because their disks reflect sunlight, and these relatively nearby worlds tend to shine with a steadier light than the distant, twinkling stars,” EarthSky.org said.

The site added stargazers could see most of the planets before dawn, with Jupiter rising first, then Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury.

While the site said that there was a chance the five planets would be visible again simultaneously from August 13 to 19, Mercury and Venus may not be that easy to see from the northern hemisphere.

A separate EarthSky article said this January treat could be better suited for the morning person due to the time of the planets’ visibility.

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