Heavenly sky show not seen in decade debuts this week

A sight not seen in 10 years will greet early risers this week as five planets come into view at once in the heavens.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn haven’t been seen together since Jan. 15, 2005, but will join in the morning sky for about a month beginning Wednesday.

According to EarthSky.org, the planets are easily visible because their “disks reflect sunlight, and these relatively nearby worlds tend ot shine with a steadier light than the distant, twinkling stars.”

Jupiter will rise first, trailed by Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury.

The quintet will appear again from about Aug. 13 to Aug. 19 this year, but Mercury and Venus won’t be as easy to see from higher latitudes.


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