Staying up all Night to see the Planets

This year the sky offered up an opportunity to view 5 of our solar system’s planets in a line for a few weeks in late January/early February. The whole family stayed up late to try to see them all. At first, we weren’t sure what we were looking at, but we used an app on the iPad called Sky Guide to help us out. It was fantastic! We had clear skies and a full moon.We easily saw Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn. Mercury and Venus unfortunately hid out behind our neighbor’s house.

This was the alignment we found in an image online:


Beautiful full moon


The moon with relation to Jupiter (bright object toward upper left)


Jupiter by Virgo’s head with Mars below her feet


The kids easily stayed up all night. J and I needed naps, lol.

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