Vince Babkirk in Hua Hin, Thailand submitted this photo to EarthSky this morning. It’s the planet Venus, shining in the east before dawn, with the planet Saturn just coming into view below it. Vince wrote:
Blue Hour early morning sky over the Gulf of Thailand showing Venus and Saturn with the fantastic color before sunrise.
Thank you, Vince!
Read more about the return of Saturn in EarthSky’s guide to the visible planets.
Remember … All five visible planets will appear together in the morning sky early next year – from about January 20 to February 20, 2016. That hasn’t happened since 2005.
Bottom line: Watch for Saturn below Venus before sunrise. Mark your calendar for late January when all five visible planets will appear in the sky together before dawn.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.