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Five planets lining up 2016: Watch Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn from naked eyes

Five planets lining up 2016: Watch Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn from naked eyes

Five planets lining up 2016: Watch Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn from naked eyes

This is going to be a great time for people who love sky watching. You will be able to watch five huge planets of our solar system including Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with your naked eyes later this month and much of February.

It is needless to say that this has created unprecedented enthusiasm among sky watchers. This is very rare when all the five planets are visible through naked eyes together.

Nonetheless the astronomers are worried that the chilly weather may play spoilsport with an otherwise to enjoy the spectacle early in the pre-dawn sky. NASA has said that the five massive planets are going to be lined up in a diagonal line, from left to right, are Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. Only distant Uranus, Neptune and Pluto won’t be in on the show. (While Neptune and Pluto can only be seen with a telescope, Uranus can occasionally be spotted with a sharp eye in a dark sky).
mars sunsetThe last time it happened was some eleven years ago when in January 2005 the five planets were seen together visible to the naked eyes. NASA suggests that the spectacle will last almost a month. The five planets will be visible from January 20 to February 20. The waning crescent moon will also make an appearance toward the end of January.

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