"You can see five visible planets in early July 2012. By visible planet, we are talking about any planet that can be seen by the eyes alone and that has been known to our ancestors since time immemorial. In their outward order form the sun, the five visible planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Mercury and Venus go around the sun inside of Earth’s orbit, while Mars, Jupiter and Saturn circle the sun outside of Earth’s orbit. You can see them all – tonight!
Three of the five visible planets – Mercury, Mars and Saturn – pop out into the western part of the sky as dusk ebbs into darkness. The other two – Jupiter and Venus – beam in the east during the wee hours before sunrise."
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