The Planets align for the early morning this month

The Planets align for the early morning this month

The Planets align for the early morning this month

Plan to be up early in the morning for the next few weeks, say around 5 a.m., and look into the southern horizon for a rare planetary alignment. Look for the quarter moon, then around it will be Jupiter. On its left will be Mars, and Saturn will be next to it. Left of Saturn will be Pluto, which is too small to see with the naked eye.

This configuration of planets, which began this morning, will be around for a few weeks, so if clouds get in your way or you just can’t make it out of bed that early, you have plenty of time to see the phenomenon.

The planets are able to line up at different times because all eight of the planets in our solar system travel around the sun at different speeds. That allows various configurations of planets from time to time.

Here’s a bit of trivia: There has never been a time in known history when all eight planets lined up at one time. You can see five of them at one time every few decades. The last time was in April of 2002, when Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury all appeared in line.

The next alignment will be on September 8 of 2040, when Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars will join in a line. On May 6, 2492, seven planets – Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Jupiter, will lineup in the sky, but not in an exact straight line.

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