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Five planets at once, dawn Feb 2016

Great sight to see, the five naked eye planets all visible in the sky simultaneously in the dawn sky. Dawn is still arriving so late that you might already be up for work. Best to turn down lights inside for a bit to improve night vision, helps to see colors like the redness (orangey) of Mars, yellowish Jupiter and Saturn.

If you are interested in celestial navigation, or just enjoy beauty, a lovely time to look around the sky - all those heavenly bodies!

The moon has just passed full and will be traveling through - and dimming - the morning sky. But as it wanes it will interfere less and as it becomes a thin crescent will add it's own beauty to the display.

Here is a link to an article in Sky and Telescope that shows a bird's eye view of the solar system, showing that the "alignment" is really just the way we see it from earth, not an actual line up. You can click the pictures there for larger size.

How and When to See Five Planets at Once - Sky & Telescope


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Hey, SkyGazer! Yes, I go to work early in am and have been watching the 5 visible planets. So Cool! Been educating all my coworkers as we walk in to the building. Some dig it, some not so much. I have a great view of Scorpio in the spring, I think. Just sitting there on the southern horizon at 0500. I think it is one of the better, more defined constellations to get someone interested. It looks just like a Scorpion and everyone is like, I see it ,I see it! I get sad every year when she goes away...Keep Gazing! Thanks for the update. Kevin
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Hey, SkyGazer! Yes, I go to work early in am and have been watching the 5 visible planets. So Cool! Been educating all my coworkers as we walk in to the building. Some dig it, some not so much. I have a great view of Scorpio in the spring, I think. Just sitting there on the southern horizon at 0500. I think it is one of the better, more defined constellations to get someone interested. It looks just like a Scorpion and everyone is like, I see it ,I see it! I get sad every year when she goes away...Keep Gazing! Thanks for the update. Kevin
Hi Kevin, me too on Scorpio!! Right there in the central depths of the milkyway galaxy too. Still jealous of your Florida high ecliptic super planet viewing sky! Scorpio lays on the horizon for me (Maine) when at it's highest. Brilliant views from the desert of New Mexico.

Too expensive or I'd drive down to see the planets from there. My scope is too big to fly with, even dismantled the mirror in it's travel box is large and very heavy. I've had the pilot tell me go ahead and bring it on board, but realistically I can hardly carry it and certainly would never check it! Vaughn Parsons short focal length mirror, irreplaceable unless you are NASA.
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