SPACE ODDITY: Five planets set to align

The night sky
The night sky

Five bright planets are set to align for the first time in a decade – and will be visible with the naked eye from Earth.

Five bright planets are set to align for the first time in a decade – and will be visible with the naked eye from Earth.

Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will appear in a diagonal row before dawn (7.21am) on Wednesday.

If you miss it, don’t worry as the spectacular celestial show will continue every early morning until Saturday, February 20.

The best time to see the alignment is about 60 to 90 minutes before sunrise.

It’s the first time the five bright planets, so called as they can usually be seen easily with the naked eye, have aligned in such a way in more than ten years, according to EarthSky.org.

Read more: January 2016 guide to the five visible planets