Five Planets Visible to Naked Eye in Early Morning

Lucy Wagner, Reporter

Every few years or so, space enthusiasts find themselves in for an early-morning treat.

For the first time since 2005, five celestial bodies, which are the neighboring planets next to Earth, will line up in the predawn sky. Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter may be observed without a telescope. Viewers hoping to catch a glimpse of the fab five may do so by looking to the east around 7:00 a.m.

“This is something I think everyone should get up and watch, it may only happen once in a lifetime,” City High biology teacher Kevin Koepnick said. “If you have a morning that is nice and clear, and you’re willing to get up in this cold for a bit, you should go because you may never get the chance again.”

Distinguishing between the five planets may prove arduous to the non-astronomer. But keep this in mind: Venus is the brightest planet in our solar system, while Mercury is the dimmest of the five. Further, Mars possesses a red glow.

This spectacle will continue until approximately February 20, 2016. The fab five will return in mid-August for the evening sky.

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