Early morning risers will get a surprise for the next couple weeks. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter will be simultaneously visible to the naked eye for the first time .The spectacle was visible from Wednesday until 20 February. Mercury will become fainter towards the end of that window.
Stargazers should begin their viewing 45 minutes before dawn. The display is made possible by the unusual alignment of the five planets. In practice, this means the planets lie near the plane of Earth’s orbit. Neptune and Uranus and the dwarf planet Pluto are not visible with the naked eye.

planets allign

Planets align

Dr Hill said the five bright planets have been observed since ancient times.
Dr Alan Duffy from Swinburne University said “There are only a few amazing things in the night sky that can be seen without any equipment”. Alan said Northern Hemisphere planet-gazers should look towards the south anytime before sunrise
Each morning display will last until the sun comes up and makes it too bright to see the planets, typically around 7 a.m.
You will get another opportunity to view the planets in alignment from 13 August to 19 August. Mercury and Venus will sit low and not be easily seen from the northern hemisphere. There are a host of stargazing apps to help you figure out exactly where to look .At that time the spectacle will take place around dusk. Sky watchers in the southern hemisphere will be best placed to view it.

All five bright planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, align for the first time since 2005

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