A rare treat awaits early risers in the eastern pre-dawn skies – all five classical planets are visible: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
If you’ve never seen Mercury, now is the perfect time! Mercury will rise later each morning, and soon be lost in the glare of the sunrise – so get a look quickly!
The image below shows the positions of the planets on 6 Feb 2016.
Got a pair of those red/blue glasses? Have a look at the solar system in 3D!
Jupiter is currently visible for much of the night, and will make an excellent observing target.
Jupiter will will reach opposition, when the Earth passes between it and the Sun, on March 8th.
Here’s hoping for clear skies!