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Simon's Blog - Planet Spotting

Photo: Martin Dolan

There's no denying it's a lovely view of the night sky above Dorset from Martin Dolan but if you know what to look for, it's also an astronomical treat we haven't seen since 2005.

Between now and February 20th five planets will be visible in the sky at the same time and Martin managed to get a shot with four of them in it.

In his email he said "I'm disappointed I couldn't get all 5 planets. The light from the East just burns up everything and before Mercury even breaks the horizon the light from the rising sun is already beginning to wash out Mars and Saturn from the sky. I'm going to try again when the next window of opportunity presents itself but I'll be surprised if anyone can actually get all 5 planets, as the sunrises start to get earlier and earlier, it will without doubt be a tough challenge!"

Well if you manage it, let me know by emailing me at meridianweather@itv.com or tweeting me @SimonParkinITV if you're on Twitter.

Meanwhile Kevin Smith sent in a lovely shot of yesterday's sunrise over Andover with the added bonus of Jupiter in his shot too.

It's the white dot right at the top by the way!

The moon is looking pretty impressive at the minute too. Here's a lovely close up from Nick Rust in Eastbourne who also knows it’s called a Wolf Moon at this time of year.

And Tom Lee in Crowborough took this lovely shot of the moon setting yesterday morning

And finally if you're up for a bit of Tim Peake spotting, the ISS will next be viewable on Tuesday 2nd February at just before half seven in the evening.

But if you can't wait until then, here are a couple of recent sightings.

Ashley Fuggle took this one and explains "the ISS is a bit wonky due to the strong winds on top the hill of the East Cliff Martello in Folkestone".

And finally here's an early morning shot of it from Nick Lucas.