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Get up early this weekend to see five planets in the sky

five planets in sky, 2016 - courtesy EarthSky.org

This image shows the five planets as they will appear in the sky. Courtesy EarthSky.org.

This weekend offers a big payoff if you can drag yourself out of bed before dawn. For the first time in more than a decade it will be possible to see five planets in the sky.

It is best to go outside to see the planets between 30-60 minutes before sunrise.

Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter are visible in the eastern sky. Venus and Jupiter are the brightest of the five planets.

The moon will join the five planets in the sky on Jan. 28.

Mercury is closest to Earth, about 80 million miles away, while Saturn is more than one billion miles distant from our planet.

You do not need either a telescope or binoculars to see the celestial spectacle, which will remain available for your viewing pleasure until Feb. 10.

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