Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter are all about to be visible at the same time in the Stateline skies. The fun begins this Wednesday, January 20. Here's more.


This Wednesday, January 20, the five bright planets will be visible from Earth, and the showing will last about a month. Early risers will have the best vantage point.

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Four of the five have already been visible in the early morning sky, but Mercury will join the group shortly, completing the "five-fecta" of visible planets.

According to WTMJ, "people living in the mid-to-northern latitudes can see Mercury best about an hour and half before dawn".

Be sure to mark February 7 is expected to be the best day for viewing our solar system's closest planet to the sun.

It's been 10 years since the planets have shown up all at the same time. Next time will be in August of this year, then you will probably have to wait another decade of two for the occurrence.

Happy viewing early birds.