All Planets Except Mercury Visible at Break of Dawn, Including Saturn


By Cassius Methyl

Not only is this week an opportune time to briefly see the elusive planet Mercury at the break of dusk, but at the break of dawn, a skygazer could see every single visible planet except Mercury.

Near the midheaven (top of the sky) at sunrise, you will spot Jupiter in Virgo (sidereal constellation Leo.)

Further along the belt of the ecliptic we see Mars on the cusp of Libra and Scorpio (sidereal Virgo and Libra), where the Moon was in the video I recorded below.

Go a bit further down the belt of the ecliptic toward the rising Sun (Sun in Capricorn, which is conjoining Pluto today on January 5th,) and we can spot Venus in Sagittarius, and then just a bit further, Saturn in Sagittarius.

Saturn is the closest planet to the rising Sun, and it appears vibrant next to Venus. I don’t know about you, but it feels utterly amazing to stare at Saturn at the break of dawn. It really feels like a pure and powerful way to connect to nature.

On the New Moon this weekend, Venus will exactly align with Saturn [conjoin, it would properly be phrased “Venus conjunct Saturn.”]

This video was made on Sunday morning, when the Moon conjoined Mars. Venus is approaching a conjunction to Saturn in Sagittarius, so you can see Saturn clearly as the Sun rises, right next to Venus. On the New Moon of January 9th, Venus will exactly conjoin Saturn.

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