Wake up a bit early over the next month for another celestial treat! Between now and late February, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible in the couple of hours before sunrise!
And if you’re having a hard time distinguishing planets from stars, try the suggestion Jason Kendall of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York shared with the New York Times! “… close one eye, stretch out your arm and slowly pass your thumb over a bright dot in the sky. If the dot slowly dims out when your thumb passes over it, it’s a planet. If it quickly blinks out, it’s a distant star.”
What a great tip!