Four bright planets are aligning in the morning sky.
Look out any east-facing window about a half hour before sunrise. If you have a clear view of the horizon, you’ll see Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter clustered together in a patch of sky less than 10o wide. If you wanted to, you could hide them all behind your outstretched hand—but don’t. The view is too good hi!
May 11th is just the beginning. Throughout the month, the quartet of worlds will rearrange themselves on a daily basis, forming different shapes in the pre-dawn sky.
Keep an eye on Venus in particular. As the sun rises and the sky fills with morning blue, the ‘Goddess of Love’ does not fade away. You can actually see Venus in broad daylight if you know where to look.
On May 20th, a new triangle will appear. This time the vertices are Mars, Venus, and Mercury. Observing tip: Mars is not as bright as the others. Binoculars may be required to help you find and fully appreciate the red planet in morning twilight.
The show comes to an end on May 30th when an exquisite crescent Moon joins the four planets for a Grand Finale–five heavenly lights dotting the eastern sky all at once.
What a way to begin the day!!!!
**Dont rush the NASA video (click above image), if you think it has stopped just give it a few seconds and it will continue.