Stargazers' delight: All five visible planets set to showcase

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Stargazers are in for a treat over a decade in the making starting Wednesday.

From Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, the five visible planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be simultaneously visible in the predawn and dawn sky.

Visible planets are those that can be easily seen by the naked eye. All five planets will be visible this time because their disks reflect sunlight and they will shine with a steadier light than any distant, twinkling stars, according to

The last time stargazers were given the opportunity to see all five visible planets was from Dec. 15, 2004 to Jan. 15, 2005.