Planets in the dawn sky, February 2016

All five of the planets that are easily visible to the unaided eye remain in view in the dawn sky, spreading out from southeast to west-southwest. This diagram shows the configuration on the morning of February 2, about 45 minutes before sunrise. All but Venus and Mercury will stay close to these positions for several days. You may need binoculars to spot Mercury through the waxing twilight, although nearby Venus, the brilliant “morning star,” can help you pick it out. The Moon moves through the lineup as well, as indicated by the dates.

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