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Moon and Five Planets in the Morning

25 Jan 2016, 07:01 UTC
Moon and Five Planets in the Morning
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You’ve probably heard on the news that you can currently see all five naked-eye planets together in the sky. Those are (from east to west): Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter. Click on the chart above to open a larger version in a new tab. You’ll note that Pluto is also in the mix, though you won’t be able to see it without a powerful telescope. Mercury will also be tough to spot unless you have clear skies and an open view of the southeastern horizon. But you’ll have to get up before sunrise to see this grand display.
If you want a printed version of this chart to take outside with you, just right-click and save the large version. You don’t really need the colors, so if you have a capable graphics editing app I’d recommend converting it to grayscale and inverting it (swapping light tones for dark and vice versa) before printing. It’s a 100 dpi graphic, so it should be easily readable if you print it to fill a standard 8½x11 sheet of paper.
The chart above is “curved” like the view through a fisheye lens because I set my digital planetarium, Cartes du Ciel, to display a ...

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