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Venus is, as always, the brightest and most visible of the planets, and it can be your guide to spotting the others. About half way between Venus and the rising sun is Jupiter, the second brightest planet. Mars will be a tiny speck just above Jupiter, and Mercury another tiny speck about half way between Jupiter and Venus. Uranus is slightly more than one binocular field above and to the right of Venus, and Neptune is much farther to the right, about 40 degrees away in Aquarius. The Moon will be just above Venus on Saturday morning, and just above Jupiter and Mars on Sunday morning.
Originally posted by letmeDANz
Well, probably everyone here has heard of the phenomenon of all the planets aligning during December 20 - 21, 2012 and how that would indicate or rather pave the way for impending doom and disasters.
The planets will not be aligned on December 20-21, 2012. The only things that people claim will be aligned are the Earth, Sun, and Galactic Center. And, in fact, these align for 38 years at a time... they've been aligned for about 31 years now, and will continue to be aligned until 2017. Nothing special occurs on December 21, 2012.
The most this presents us is a spectacular view. Alignments are beauty, not beast.
Could these planets aligning cause any other changes here on Earth?
On the last three mornings of the month, given a clear low eastern horizon, there will be four planets and a thin crescent Moon visible just above the horizon During the month their relative positions have shifted, so now Jupiter is highest in the sky towards the south. Lying in line down to the horizon will be seen, first Mars, then Venus and finally, just above the horizon Mercury. During the three days the Crescent Moon will pass above them becoming a thinner crescent as it does so. Note: The sky brightness had been reduced to show the planets - you will need binoculars, so cease looking when the Sun has risen!