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Posted on February 2nd, 2016

Free For All – When the Planets Align

When you wake up all blurry-eyed early in the morning, put on a coat and grab a scarf, step outside and gaze at the southern sky. While you will see a multitude of stars, you will also catch a glimpse of five much brighter objects parading across the night sky. For the first time in 20 years, the five closest planets to Earth are all aligned for our viewing pleasure. The orbits of Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter are all along the same ecliptic plane as Earth, so every now and then they all conveniently line up. The planetary parade will be visible for a couple of weeks before they start breaking up so check it out while you can!

See the planets align in the early morning sky. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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