2016: Mars & Moon, Five Planets, February 1


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To see the five naked eye planets on the morning of February 1, look south for the moon.  Reddish Mars is 2 degrees to the lower right of the moon.  (One degree is the apparent size of 2 full moons.)  Brilliant Venus gleams from the southeast.  Mercury is nearly 7 degrees to the lower left of Venus.  Saturn lies nearly midway between Venus and the moon with the star Antares nearby.  Bright Jupiter is in the west.

The chart above shows the planets about 45 minutes before sunrise in the Chicago area.  For other locations, determine your local sunrise and look about 45 minutes before local sunrise.

For more about the seeing the five naked eye planets:

2016:  Five Planets in the Morning Sky, January-February

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