Six little planets, all in a row

Over the next few weeks all the planets except Saturn will be visible in the dawn sky along the path of the Sun through the sky:

For the last two months, almost all the planets have been hiding behind the sun, but this week they all emerge and are arrayed in a grand line above the rising sun. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are visible, and you can add Uranus and Neptune to your count if you have binoculars or a small telescope.

This sky map of the six planets shows how they should appear at dawn to observers with clear weather and an unobstructed view.

Counting this morning, the moon will also be lined up for four mornings (sorry my fellow EST people for the post-dawn post).

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