Cool! 5 planets align in night sky

Posted at 8:37 AM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 13:11:30-05

Get ready for a spectacular sight in our skies this week.

For the first time since 2005, the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible at the same time.

According to, the 5 planets will be visible just before dawn starting Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Set your alarms early as Mercury, which is the fifth planet to join the group, is set to rise just before 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday.

Our sunrise is at 7:31 Wednesday morning.

In the Valley, we'll see a few high clouds clearing to the east this morning, but otherwise mostly clear skies each morning through the end of the week which should make it easy to spot the planets.

If you don’t get to see them this week, don’t worry, these five planets will be visible each day before dawn through February 20, 2016.

All five planets will be visible to the naked eye so you don’t need a telescope, but recommends binoculars to help you spot Mercury.

Jupiter will be the first planet to rise each evening followed by Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury which rise overnight and early morning.

Venus will likely be the easiest to spot as it is the brightest object in the sky behind the moon and the sun. You can spot Venus by looking toward the southeast.

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