According to AOL, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, the five bright planets will be visible from Earth, and the showing will last about a month.
Four of the five have already been visible in the early morning sky, but Mercury will join the group shortly, completing the five visible planet grouping.
EarthSky reports people living in the mid-to-northern latitudes can see Mercury best about an hour and half before dawn. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s about two hours before sunrise. February 7 is expected to be the best day for viewing our solar system’s closest planet to the sun.
If you’re struggling to find the planets, try locating the Moon first. All five planets will align along the same path that the moon travels through in the sky.
The rare alignment will be the first time the planets have appeared together in the sky in 10 years, but The Conversation reports you won’t have to wait another decade to see it happen again. The next five-planet showing will happen in August.
Stephen Hawking launches biggest-ever search for alien life -British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has launched the biggest-ever search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in a 10-year, $135 million project to scan the heavens. Hawking has always believed that we should look into space to try to find other life forms to which he strongly believes that it would insure the survival of the human race.
According to ABC News, Russian Silicon Valley entrepreneur Yuri Milner, who is funding the Breakthrough Listen initiative, said it would be the most intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of extraterrestrial intelligent life.
“In an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life,” Mr Hawking said at the launch event at the Royal Society science academy in London.
“Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching.
“Either way, there is no bigger question.
“It’s time to commit to finding the answer, to search for life beyond Earth. We must know.”
Do you think this is a good idea? Do you believe in Aliens?
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