Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and the Moon all in the Sky Monday morning
The morning of March 16th, you can see not one… not two… not three… but FOUR planets in the sky, all lining up pretty well with the moon.
On the morning of March 16, look in the southeast sky one hour before sunrise to see Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars all lining up with the moon. To have a planet or two in the sky by the moon happens every now and again, but to have four planets all line up at once doesn’t happen a lot.
The planet Mercury will be the lowest on the horizon, and may not even be visible if there are tall trees or buildings where you are. It will be the 4th brightest object in the sky that morning.
Saturn, Jupiter and Mars will all be clustered together pretty tight. But from left to right it will be Saturn, Jupiter then Mars. The brightest of these three will be Jupiter, then Mars, then Saturn. Technically Mercury will be brighter than Saturn, but it’ll be tough to see Mercury in some areas because of how low it will be on the horizon.
The moon is of course the brightest in the sky aside from the sun. What’s interesting is if you draw a line from Mercury, through Saturn, Jupiter and Mars, and keep going… that’s where the moon will be. So they’ll all almost line up.
If you’re hoping to see all of these, head out one hour before sunrise, which is set for 7:29 a.m. that morning. So around 6:30 a.m. is the best time to see all these planets and the moon line up. It’s best to get away from city lights and also best to get to a flat area away from trees or tall buildings, that way you can see everything including Mercury.