Rare celestial event allows you to see 5 planets lined up this month!
It doesn’t happen very often but starting around January 20th if you get up about an hour before sunrise on a clear night you should be able to see 5 planets lined up in the sky! If you count the earth that’s 6 of the planets in our solar system visible at the same time, a pretty neat thing considering we only have 8 known planets, now that Pluto has been relegated to non-planet status. This article from Earthsky tells you when, where and how to see this rare event. It speaks first of seeing Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter, which are already visible in the pre-dawn sky, but toward the end adds Mercury to the lineup and explains how to spot them all. Very neat for anyone into astronomy!