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Five in a Row
All five of the planets that are easily visible to the unaided eye climb across the dawn sky for a few days. This diagram shows the configuration on the morning of January 26, about 45 minutes before sunrise. All but Venus and Mercury will stay close to these positions for several days. Venus will move closer to Mercury, making it easier to spot the solar system's innermost planet in the last few days of January and the first few days of February. You may need binoculars to spot Mercury through the waxing twilight. The Moon will stand well to the lower right of Jupiter on the 26th, then will move past all the planets over the following mornings.