Four planets will cluster together next week
Jupiter (seen here) will hang low in the sky, along with Venus, Mars and Mercury, on Tuesday.
May 6th, 2011
07:24 PM ET

Four planets will cluster together next week

Four planets will huddle close together, visible to the naked eye, in the predawn sky next week, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

"The best view is from the southern states because the path the planets follow across the sky (the ecliptic) stands at a little higher angle relative to the horizon," the magazine's editors said.

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Venus and Jupiter will be easy to spot hanging low in the east as dawn brightens on May 10. They are the brightest objects in the night sky after the Moon. Venus, the brighter of the two, will be to the right of Jupiter.

Mercury will be visible to the lower right of Venus, about the same distance from Venus to Jupiter. It won't be as bright but its proximity to Venus will help you find it. To the lower left of Jupiter you'll find Mars, which may be too low and faint to see without the aid of binoculars.

StarDate magazine is a bi-monthly publication of The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory, which houses many telescopes responsible for a wide range of astronomical research. McDonald Observatory is also pioneering the next generation of astronomical research as a founding partner of the Giant Magellan Telescope.

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  1. DoC

    God is.

    Why he never spoke to any of you, I cannot say. I do not pretend to know his mind.

    He has spoken and showed himself to others during your lifetime, Just not to you. And might never while your here.

    That is what I would be concerned about, if I were any of you. However, if you believe seeing God and answering him will solve your problems, your wrong.

    I'm just grateful he didn't ask me to save any of you shaved monkey's.

    Now go turn on Dancing with the stars, twit something useless about your life, and pretend you've got a good grasp on life...lmfao

    See you all at the end, whether you believe or not.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lime

    Understand this – MY Imaginary friend can beat up your puny wrongheaded and stunted imaginary friend. So repent.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big~Smelly~Wet~Tuna

    baby jesus had immaculate p00p - it did not smell !

    May 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel D Martin

    i hope it brings about the death of a criminal dictator like Kadafy or Castro!

    May 15, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. MeatTreat

    Ya'll need more Terence Mckenna in your lives. He's the only one who was right about our future.

    May 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lawrence E

    The world ends May 21. Everybody knows that.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paul

    It is truly a shame to see people spend so much time and energy chasing a ficticious person such as god. Man is unique no doubt, but we are no better than the scorpion. What I mean to say is we are the same in the fact that we evolved. Just as all other creatures did. It is only our brains and ability to use most of it that makes us special. It also gives us a false feeling that we are so perfect that we had to be created. Why else would we be so smart. Thats wierd because we are smarter than we were, if we were created why weren't we this smart from the beginning?

    May 18, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Teb

    Sailor Scouts unite! 🙂

    May 18, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. God

    They won't cluster. All will be at an End by Saturday.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Nope, try again.

      May 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • dissenter

      Dave, you got some cahones arguing with God lol

      May 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MsLady

    The thing I don't understand is you believe there is air to breath, but you cant see it and that is exactly how Jehovah works. We cant see Him but oh believe he is doing some things in each and everyones lives.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Agreed. Jehovah's plan is in motion. Satan has blinded the minds of the unbelievers. There isn't much time left to this system of things – and that is "good news".

      May 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • dissenter

      You actually can see and feel air. You simply have to add water vapor and motion to it.

      May 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • starlight

      So nice to see your lovely comment! : )

      May 25, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
    • twolfhound

      Interesting comment full of non-fact, but I don't see what it has to do with the article.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      come on. the point isn't "do we believe in God".. the point is "do we believe the latest crackpot theory predicting the end of the earth"... yes to the first, no to the second.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      and, while i believe in god, i do have to say the first part of your statement is bunk as well. Air, which is a combination of various gases. has been proven to exist using the scientific method. we can monitor air. we can detect the presence of air with our 5 senses. we can measure the ratio of gases in the air. we can tell how much moisture the air contains. God has never been proven with the scientific method, or any other method beyond conjecture and faith. sorry, but Air is a FACT.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Argle Bargle

    All right! A celestial barbeque!

    June 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jason

    i had miss out this scene, will it ever happen again?

    August 22, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
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