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Look out for five planets in alignment due south, the first time this has happened in 11 years. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter can be seen in the early pre-dawn skies this month, best views up until the 20th.

Early February is an especially good time to view Mercury, as it is at its GWE, ( greatest western point of elongation) meaning it’s furthest point from the Sun and at the highest point in the sky that it will reach, making it the best time to try to see it.

11th February our moon will be at perigee, its closest point to Earth, making it appear larger!

Track the International Space Station, follow it across morning and evening skies.

ISS from space

The Nasa website tracker allows you to find when its visible from your location; http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

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Breaking news! A new planet in our solar system!

What would a ninth planet in our solar system be named?

How did the planets get their names?

All of the planets, except for Earth, were named after Greek or Roman gods. Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury were named thousands of years ago. The other planets were not discovered until much later, but tradition of naming the planets after Greek and Roman gods was carried on.

Mercury named after the Roman god of travel, Venus named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Mars, the Roman god of War. Jupiter, king of the Roman gods, and Saturn the Roman god of agriculture. Uranus was named after an ancient Greek king of the gods, and Neptune was the Roman god of the Sea.

Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet

Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun.

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Researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet’s existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations.

– See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-researchers-find-evidence-real-ninth-planet-49523#.dpuf

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