I hate waking up earlier than I have to.
Don't we all? But would you wake before dawn's early light for a chance to see five of our planetary neighbors sitting upon the horizon? Yeah, me too!
Well, then, there's really good news for us all! Starting this morning, January 20, 2016, and lasting for a month, you'll be able to see five planets arcing in a diagonal line across the sky, from left to right: Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter. The best way to find them will be to go outside about an hour before sunrise and search first for Venus. (You can find Venus by looking for the brightest spot in the sky, other than the moon, of course!) You will need a clear morning for the best results! Don't feel bad if you aren't willing to brave the cold over the next month! There will be a short encore from August 13 to August 19. Everyone, everywhere, will be able to see the planets, but they'll be especially bright in the Northern Hemisphere. The Southern Hemisphere should also be able to see them, but they will have a much clearer view of the planets when they show up again in August. Still need more help figuring it all out? Check out EarthSky for more information and diagrams.