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Venus and Saturn before sunrise

Saturn is becoming easier to see before dawn, below Venus in the east. Soon, all five visible planets will appear in the dawn sky simultaneously.

View larger. | The planets Venus and Saturn before sunrise on December 27, 2015.  Photo by Vince Babkirk aka Mister Hat.

View larger. | The planets Venus and Saturn before sunrise on December 27, 2015. Photo by Vince Babkirk aka Mister Hat.

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.

Read more: When can I see all 5 visible planets simultaneously?

How can you find Saturn? Try drawing an imaginary line from Mars through Venus to spot Saturn near the sunrise point on the horizon, as shown on the sky chart above for late December. Use binoculars, if you need them.

How can you find Saturn? Try drawing an imaginary line from Mars through Venus to spot Saturn near the sunrise point on the horizon, as shown on the sky chart above for late December. Use binoculars, if you need them.

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

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