Visible Planets and Possibly a New One

For the first time since 2005, five of the eight planets in our solar system will be visible all at once by the naked eye.

This will take place between now and February 20th with the best chance for a glimpse around 6 a.m. looking toward the south.

“Mercury will be the one that’s closest to the horizon and that will actually be in the east. Jupiter will kind of be in the west, and it will be up quite a bit higher and then the other planets, Venus, Saturn, Mars will be in between Mercury and Jupiter,” said Eric Claeys, Media Relations Officer with the Naperville Astronomical Association.

In other planetary news, researchers from the California Institute of Technology may have discovered a ninth planet within our solar system.

Icy objects and debris floating near Neptune appeared to have an orbit that simulated the gravitational pull of a planet.

“They have a general area, and that’s all done through mathematical models, so I’m confident that if it’s there, they will find it at some point, again it might be quite a while, but if it’s there, they’ll find it,” said Claeys.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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