Night Sky Space CC Tom Hall

Early risers are going to have a heavenly view starting Wednesday. All five visible planets will be aligned — forming a straight line across the sky — for the first time in 11 years.

From the horizon, extending upward, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will be visible in that order just before dawn.

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The full set will only be visible for 10 minutes on January 20, but the window will widen to an hour by February 20. Exact times vary from depending on where in the world you are viewing the sky.

An added event to the sky show will be the position of the moon during the alignment. It will pass by each planet beginning Jupiter on January 28 and ending with Mercury on February 7.

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If you miss it — or you’re just not a morning person — all five planets will again be visible at the same time again in the evening sky in August.

(READ more at EarthSky) — Photo: Tom Hall, CC

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