How Can You See 5 Planets Align In Central New York
5 of our brightest planets line up and are visible with your naked eye. This phenomenon is expected to last for at least a month. Find the times for CNY here.
Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will line up diagonally on the southern horizon for the first time in 11 years. This should be quite a spectacle to observe and best seen about an hour before sunrise. No telescope needed.
Earthsky.org explains why these particular planets are called our five brightest:
In their outward order from the sun, the five bright planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. These planets are easily seen in our sky because their disks reflect sunlight, and these relatively nearby worlds tend to shine with a steadier light than the distant, twinkling stars.
Follow these links for the actual time you will see each planet in Utica via US Naval Observatory for the next 30 days.
ABC News tells us the best viewing experience will be during clear skies in the morning.
This time around, the planets will appear in a line, from left to right, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. If going outside in the winter chill to check out the spectacle doesn't sound appealing, you'll get another chance this August when EarthSky.org says the planets will put on a week-long encore performance from Aug. 13 to Aug. 19.
Five planets aligning is exciting news for skywatchers. When asked if all eight planets (or 9 if you consider Pluto a planet) will align, Quora says the astrological prediction is May 6, 2492. It would line up like this: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and possibly Pluto.